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Ponce named to top Florida architecture list

Sep 21, 2012
by Staff

When the former Hotel Ponce de Leon — the centerpiece of Flagler College and a National Historic Landmark — was left out of the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places” competition, the Flagler community took action.

The Ponce garnered enough write-in votes to be recognized among the top 100 buildings in the state and now joins other Florida architectural structures including the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World, the Historic Capitol Building in Tallahassee, the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus of Florida Southern College.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach took first place in the popular vote.

“We are elated that so many Floridians took the time to learn about the beautiful structures in their communities,” said Donald Yoshino, Chairman of AIA Florida’s 100th Anniversary Committee. “We intend to keep the conversation front and center as we celebrate 100 years and encourage students across the state to consider a career in architecture — placing their own unique signature on our state’s skyline.”

More than 2 million votes were cast in the competition.

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