flaggler

The architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, listed as a National Historic Landmark. Built by railroad magnate, Henry M. Flagler in 1888, the Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day. The 160,000-gallon pool was built circa 1900, perhaps one of the oldest, if not the oldest, commercial pool in Florida. In 2002 Portofino Pools was retained as an aquatic consultant to study and submit recommendations for major restoration that met National Historic Landmark guidelines. Portofino Pools recommendations were accepted and subsequently won the award. The entire deck was removed to expose heavily decayed metal piping. The entire circulation and filtration systems were replaced, the pool interior resurfaced, and a new concrete deck poured. Finish staining matched the historic terracotta roof tile. Twelve years later the college awarded Portofino Pools another contract to resurface the pool using advanced materials and additives.