St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Henry Flagler's "Winter Newport"
Flagler returned in 1885 bringing visionary progress and innovations to the sleepy city. He believed St. Augustine had the potential to become the country's "Winter Newport."
To transport visitors, Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway, buying existing railroads and reconstructing tracks. He advertised all over the Eastern Seaboard for customers, extolling the warm, sunny Florida climate.
The Hotel Ponce de Leon, at a cost of $2.5 million dollars, with 540 deluxe rooms, elaborate ceiling art, electric lighting, Tiffany mosaics and stained-glass windows, was his masterpiece. It was the largest concrete structure in the world. It opened in 1888, and was an immediate success.
The Alcazar, Arabic for "royal castle" opened in 1889. It was a beautiful structure with indoor salt water pools as well as a large casino.
Location. 29° 54.504′ N, 81° 19.176′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from San Marco Avenue (Florida Highway A1A) (Business U.S. 1) south of Dufferin Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the "History Walk" at the north end of the St. Augustine History Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Slaves No More (here, next to this marker); On With The Show (here, next to this marker); Jail on Wheels (a few steps from this marker); Viva Cuba! (a few steps from this marker); Up in Smoke (a few steps from this marker); Arriving in Style (a few steps from this marker); Chain Gangs (a few steps from this marker); Walk to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . .
1. Florida East Coast Railway. In 1912 Henry Flagler arrived aboard the first train into Key West, marking the completion of the Florida East Coast Railway. Flagler's construction of hotels at points along the railroad and his development of the agricultural industry established tourism and agriculture as Florida's major industries, (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Hotel Ponce de León. In 1888, Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de León, his first in a series of luxury resorts along Florida’s east coast. A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States is now known as Ponce de León Hall. A National Historic Landmark, it serves as the centerpiece for Flagler College. (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Alcazar Hotel, St Augustine Florida. The Alcazar Hotel was constructed in 1887-1889 by Henry Flagler as a part of his quest to create a "Riviera" on the eastern seaboard of the United States. This distinct and impressive structure, four stories in height, standing on filled-in land, occupies a ground area best be visualized in terms of city blocks - one in width, three in depth. (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.