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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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Opening Day, 1888

Opening Day, 1888

(p.141) 11 Opening Day, 1888
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

The Hotel Ponce de Leon opened in January 1888 with great fanfare. Smith's Casa Monica opened to a very modest reception. Winter tourists and the hotel employees who served them formed a community of seasonal visitors in town. The hotel was a wonder of art and architecture. Virgilio Tojetti painted the ceilings of the Grand Parlor. Thomas Moran's painting Ponce de Leon in Florida hung in the rotunda. President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland visited. Flagler's daughter Jennie Louise married Fred Benedict, the son of Elias C. Benedict. Noted artists such as Martin Johnson Heade maintained studios in the hotel. Hotel waiters organized the Cuban Giants, the most successful black baseball team of the day. At the conclusion of the season Flagler purchased Smith's Casa Monica Hotel and renamed it the Cordova.

Keywords:   Elias C. Benedict, Casa Monica, Grover Cleveland, Cordova, Cuban Giants, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Moran, Virgilio Tojetti

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