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Flagler Museum, Part 4

After our refreshing break in the atrium, we continue our tour of the interior of the Flagler Mansion. This mantel and mirror exhibit the excessive ornateness (in my humble opinion) that fills the home. Even the clock is not just for telling time but for impressing the guests. Sure glad I do not have to dust all this glitz.

Dinner is served. As ostentatious as most of the mansion is, the formal dining room seems almost understated. I think any of us could have felt quite comfortable dining here. I wonder if they had a dress code for dinner. Probably.

Did you notice the clock in the far right corner of the dining room? Here is a closer shot. Considering that you can tell time on a clock that consists simply of a face with numerals (or tick marks) and two hands, all the ostentation is so distracting as to prevent one from noting the time.

Although most of the dining room is relatively understated, the chandelier is not. Additionally, you can see the ceiling panels which also continue that latter theme.

After dinner, some of the guests might retire to the music room with this impressive yellow grand piano. Did you notice the mural painted on the bottom side of the raised lid? I wonder where the pianist is supposed to sit.

Of course, there are also times when one needs an informal dining room for those intimate meals with family or very close friends.

And this is the architect's vision of an informal dining room ceiling. Just a little gold braid with a few medallions.

After Henry Flagler and, later Mary Flagler, passed away the mansion was incorporated into a resort hotel with this ballroom added on plus a ten-story tower for rooms also on the property. Eventually, the enterprise fell on hard times and the hotel closed. The entire property was nearly leveled except for the actions of Henry Flagler's granddaughter, Jean Flagler Matthews. She formed a non-profit corporation that purchased the property in 1959, razed the tower and turned it into the museum.

Even the add-ons from the hotel days are not plain — for example the skylights with a complex supporting structure and ornate border windows.

And last but not least is the early 1900's air conditioner. I was amused that the photo make it look like the fan was running at takeoff speed. In fact it was just the slow shutter speed (1/6 second, handheld) that gives that impression.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com