Stop 1 was the tour of Flagler College’s main building. Why, you say? The current main building of Flagler College was Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel. Who was Henry Flagler? Henry Flagler, a founding partner of Standard Oil Company (with John D. Rockefeller) came to Florida in the late 1880’s with his wife who hoped to get relief from her consumptive symptoms. Flagler was not happy with the accommodations available and decided to build a hotel, and then a railroad from Jacksonville for his customers, then he built another hotel in Palm Beach and another railroad and didn't stop until his railroad reached Key West. Where the railroad went, towns and then cities sprung up.
Now, when Henry Flagler built something he really built it. Which in the case of the Ponce de Leon included having Louis Comfort Tiffany design the interior. The photos should give you an idea. The students at Flagler will have a tough time adjusting to the real world after eating in their not so shabby dining hall.