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St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings

 
 
Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, September 18, 2014
1. Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings Marker
Inscription.  Henry M. Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) to link his resort empire and establish the east coast of Florida as “The American Riviera.” Flagler, partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, developed the Atlantic shoreline with a chain of luxury hotels from Jacksonville to Key West. Perhaps Flagler's greatest achievement was the construction of the Key West Extension finished shortly before his death in 1913. By 1916, the FEC Railway included 23 railroads, terminals, and bridge companies along 739 miles of track. Steamships linked the railroad at Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, and at Key West to Havana, Cuba. The Florida East Coast Hotel Company owned 14 resorts joined by the rail lines. In St. Augustine, Flagler's 1888 railway station west of downtown was replaced by three office towers built starting from south to north in 1922, 1923 and 1926. They served as the Railway's headquarters until 2006, when the FEC provided a $7.2 million gift-in-equity, making possible the transfer of the property to Flagler College. The College is committed to preservation of the buildings and adapting them for College uses.
 
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Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings, view on Malaga Street towards King Street image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, September 18, 2014
2. Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings, view on Malaga Street towards King Street
Of the three buildings, one is a men's dorm, one a women's dorm, and one houses the Flagler College Department of Institutional Advancement Offices and Alumni Affairs Office.
2008 by Flagler College and Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-636.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 29° 53.528′ N, 81° 19.257′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Malaga Street and Oviedo Street, on the left when traveling north on Malaga Street. There are 3 buildings, on Malaga Street between King Street and Oviedo Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Solla-Carcaba Cigar Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Solla-Carcaba Cigar Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Markland (approx. ¼ mile away); Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Anderson Cottage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Model Land Company National Register Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Xavier Lopez House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Villa Zorayda (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, September 18, 2014
3. Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 18, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 18, 2020