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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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Architects Carrère and Hastings, 1885

Architects Carrère and Hastings, 1885

(p.56) 5 Architects Carrère and Hastings, 1885
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

Flagler selected Thomas Hastings and John Carrère to be the architects for his proposed hotel. Thomas Hastings was the son of Flagler's New York Presbyterian pastor. These young men had studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and absorbed the principles of French Renaissance architecture. At the École, Hastings became a friend of Bernard Maybeck, a fellow student. Both Hastings and Carrère worked briefly for the noted firm of McKim, Mead & White before going into business for themselves. Hastings supplied the creative and artistic energy for the partnership, while Carrère handled the business side of the operation. Flagler took a chance on hiring these inexperienced men to design his hotel, but they proved that his confidence was well placed. Hastings designed a hotel in Spanish architectural style to harmonize with the existing architecture of St. Augustine. The Hotel Ponce de Leon was designed to incorporate the principles of the École des Beaux Arts that stressed order and efficiency.

Keywords:   architecture, John Carrère, École des Beaux Arts, Thomas Hastings, Bernard Maybeck, McKim, Mead & White, Renaissance architecture, Spanish architecture

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