News — Flagler's Legacy

Preservation team restores Ponce de Leon Hall's exterior to its original beauty

By Bobbie Stewart Scraping crusty mortar and stripping years of flaking paint off of dilapidated windows may not be the most glamorous job, but to the artisans working on the former Hotel Ponce de Leon Hall, traveling back in time with a National Historic Landmark makes it worth it. “Look at this,” Project Manager and artist Mary Aldrich said as she pointed to an ornament carved into terra cotta. “This is 30 feet up in the air — such small details you don’t see from the ground. You don’t have to do this. They (the original artists) did decorative detail...

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What is Flagler's Legacy?

Flagler's Legacy, along with Historic Tours of Flagler College, were created by Enactus, a student organization formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise. Donna Delorenzo, Executive Director of College Relations at Flagler College and Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow, and Enactus saw the potential for a thriving retail business. In the summer of 1999, Enactus students opened a small shop in the Rotunda of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon to start selling a few historic souvenirs and began charging for guided tours of the College. Their success was so great that the idea for a store in the historic...

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