SAINT AUGUSTINE – Architectural Digest Magazine has ranked Flagler College seventh on its new list of ‘50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America.’ Tops on the list was Yale University, and the list also included notable campuses like Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown, Notre Dame and many others.
“With their vast collections of buildings, it’s no wonder that college campuses are architectural gems,” the magazine said. “We’ve gone across the country to find the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, taking into consideration both architectural legacy and setting.”
The centerpiece of Flagler College is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, today a National Historic Landmark. It was built in 1888 by railroad pioneer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler.
This is not Flagler’s first appearance on a most beautiful colleges list: In recent years, it has been included in similar rankings by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Southern Living Magazine and Cosmopolitan.
“The Oldest City Underwater,” a film by Flagler alumna Mallory Hopkins, ’18, was recently accepted to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and the St. Augustine Film Festival. The two festivals are managed by the same CEO and festival director, Gregory von Hausch. The film explores the realities of sea level rise in St. Augustine, Fla.
Hopkins created the documentary for her senior capstone project and continues her legacy of advocacy by sharing the film with others. “The Oldest City Underwater” will be showing on Nov. 15 and 17 at the annual FLIFF. The festival will feature another Flagler connection, as Professor Tracy Halcomb’s film “Cracking Aces” will show on Nov. 8 and 9.
The St. Augustine Film Festival will take place Jan. 17-20, with a film schedule to be announced.
“I like to think that the film has an aspect that locals can relate to: a love and appreciation for the city,” Hopkins said. She hopes everyone who sees it “Will be able to see what’s truly at risk and what needs to be saved.”
Hopkins’ film will also be featured at the “Keeping History Above Water™” conference in May 2019, a partnership of Flagler College, the University of Florida, and the City of St. Augustine with the Newport Restoration Foundation. With each event, Hopkins’ film extends the conversation of sea level rise from St. Augustine to other historic, coastal towns.
“This is a story that needs to be told about a problem that needs to be talked about in a city that will not be forgotten,” she said.