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Recognized at historic trust event

SAINT AUGUSTINE — Flagler College was recognized in the Adaptive Use category for its efforts to rehabilitate the historic Anderson Cottage for use as the Alumni House at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation awards ceremony on May 18 at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. The “honorable mention” recognition was part of the Florida Trust’s 40th anniversary statewide conference, held in Jacksonville, honoring individuals and organizations that have made significant impacts on Florida’s history and heritage.

Flagler College

Crisp Ellert Alumni House

Accepting the award on behalf of the project were Assistant Professor of History and Director of Historic Preservation, Flagler College Dr. Leslee F. Keys, Kenneth Smith of Kenneth Smith Architects, Inc., and Jude Kostage, of Atlantic Engineering Services. Flagler College Campus Planner Larry Weeks and Mike Davis of A. D. Davis Construction were recognized as well.

Of particular interest, the nomination noted a sensitive introduction of contemporary features and an enjoyment of “its 21st century role in the heart of the campus, serving students and alumni.”

Anderson Cottage sits in the center of the campus facing the Hotel Ponce de Leon and between the Proctor Library and the Ringhaver Student Center. Built by 1870 for the Anderson family as a guest cottage, Henry Flagler had the cottage moved to Sevilla Street for construction of the Hotel. In the 1920s the building was sold and received a Mediterranean Revival transformation. Robert Ellert and JoAnn Crisp-Ellert donated the property to Flagler College to ensure its preservation. Rooms were converted with few alterations: The living room became a lounge, the dining room hosts meetings, and the bedrooms became offices.

“This Preservation Award is a great way to begin Flagler College’s 50th anniversary celebration, reinforcing our commitment to our rich heritage and providing a resource for our future,” said Flagler College President Dr. Joseph Joyner. “We thank the State of Florida for helping to launch this project with a $500,000 grant that was matched by the college and assisted by alumni and parents.”


The Alumni House will be open to the public on Nov. 5 as part of a campus-wide open house celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary. It will serve as the center of alumni activities and has partnered with the Career Development Center in an effort to recognize the importance of the successful transition from student to professional.

Flagler College has received 21 awards from the Florida Trust since its first recognition 30 years ago in 1988. Additionally the college has received three American Institute of Architects awards and a National Trust award for Lawrence Lewis, Jr., grand-nephew of Henry M. Flagler, for his commitment to preservation in the process of founding the college within the historic buildings.


Historic Preservation awards    
1957 AIA National Award – 100 Most Important Buildings
1987 NTHP Honor Award – Lawrence Lewis, Jr.
1988 FTHP 20 Valencia Street – Meritorious Achievement for Adaptive Use
1988 FTHP Wiley Hall – Meritorious Achievement for Adaptive Use
1988 FTHP Grand Parlor – Restoration of Historic Interior
1991 FTHP Dining Room – Restoration
1995 FTHP Lawrence Lewis, Jr. – Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award
2006 FTHP Flagler College – Organizational Achievement
2008 FTHP Markland Cottage – Outstanding Achievement for Restoration
2008 FTHP Molly Wiley Art Building – Outstanding Achievement for Adaptive Use
2008 AIA Jacksonville Chapter – Molly Wiley Art Building Adaptive Use
2010 FTHP Towers Restoration, Ponce Hall – Outstanding Achievement for Restoration
2010 FTHP Crisp-Ellert Art Museum – Outstanding Achievement for Infill Construction
2012 FTHP FEC Buildings – Outstanding Achievement for Adaptive Use
2013 FTHP Hanke Hall – Outstanding Achievement for Infill Construction
2013 AIA   Hotel Ponce de Leon – 100 Most Important Florida Buildings
2014 FTHP Solarium – Outstanding Achievement
2014 FTHP Leslee Keys and Thomas Graham, Hotel Ponce de Leon:  The Architecture & Decoration – Preservation Education/Media
2014 FTHP William T. Abare, Jr., Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award for lifetime commitment
2015 FTHP Leslee Keys – Roy E Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education
2015 FTHP Pollard Hall – Meritorious Achievement for Infill Construction
2016 FTHP Ponce Hall Landscape
2017 FTHP Hotel Ponce de Leon – Outstanding Achievement for Restoration
2017 FTHP Hotel Ponce de Leon:  The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace- Leslee F. Keys – Preservation Education/Media

2018 FTHP Anderson Cottage – Adaptive Use Honorable Mention



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