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Oscar Wilde In America

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Topeka, KS

The Decorative Arts | Crawford's Opera House | Thursday, April 20, 1882

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Newspaper Report

The Topeka Daily Capital, April 21, 1882, 8

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Indication

Newspaper Advertisement

The Daily Commonwealth (Topeka, KS) April 16, 1882, 3

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The Atchison Daily Globe (Atchison, KS), April 21, 1882, 1

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The Daily Commonwealth (Topeka, KS), April 22, 1882

GRAND OPENING IN 1881

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The Daily Commonwealth (Topeka, KS), September 4, 1881

historical note

Crawford's Opera House
612—614 Kansas Avenue (SE corner of Sixth Street), Topeka, KS

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Built: 1881 (Lester M. Crawford)
Opened: September 5, 1881
Seating capacity: c. 1,000

Clarification:

On this site Lorenzo Costa purchased an 1861 building and opened the first play house in Topeka in 1870. L. M. Crawford bought the property in 1880, made extensive alterations operating as Crawford's Opera House. This structure was destroyed by fire on December 2, 188o, and replaced the following summer by a new building.

This is not to be confused with the Grand Opera House on lots 193, 195, and 197 Jackson Street, which opened in September 1882, several months after Wilde lectured in Topeka.
 

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The Daily Commonwealth (Topeka, KS), Sunday, September 4, 1881

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The Topeka Daily Capital
, January 1, 1882

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Windsor Hotel
NW corner of Kansas Avenue and Seventh Street, Topeka, KS

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Built: 1860 (as Tefft House)
Opened as Windsor Hotel: February 1, 1882
Closed: 1889 when bought by the First National Bank of Topeka who incorporated their business into a hotel under the name of the National Hotel.

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