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Construction begins on Solarium

Apr 4, 2013
by Staff

As part of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon’s 125th anniversary, Flagler College has begun a $2.3 million renovation of the fourth-floor Solarium. Construction began in the fall and is expected to be completed this summer.

The Solarium is the last unrestored section of the Ponce, a National Historic Landmark. With its arching ceiling and beautiful views of St. Augustine, it has been closed off to students and visitors for more than 40 years because of safety concerns.

But thanks in part to a $500,000 gift by Flagler Board of Trustees member Delores Lastinger and her husband, Allen, the college decided to begin work on the Solarium. The space will be named for the Lastingers.

A fundraising campaign began in 2009, and since that time the college has secured more than $1.5 million from private sources for the project. The college was also awarded $400,000 in historic preservation grants for the renovation through the state of Florida’s Bureau of Historic Preservation.

Construction is being done by St. Augustine-based A.D. Davis Construction, which specializes in custom construction and historic restoration.

The college plans to use the Solarium for social events, dinners, receptions, meetings and other gatherings that will take advantage of the beautiful view.

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