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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Iowa City, IA

The Decorative Arts | Coldren Opera House | Thursday, April 27, 1882



Newspaper Report

The Daily Republican, April 28?, 1882

Stated that Wilde's lecture was " a finished literary production"...

that "would read well. However, we have neither inclination nor space to give a synopsis."

Source: No newspaper clipping available yet. Reference to the primary source comes The Palimpsest, Volume XVIII, No. 6: June, 1937, published by State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, 1937 (Briggs, John Ely, editor).


Newspaper Report

The Vidette-Reporter*, April 22, 1882, 1


* Published weekly by the students of Iowa State University.


Historical Magazine

The Palimpsest*, Volume XVIII, No. 6: June, 1937


* Historical magazine of the State Historical Society of Iowa

historical note

Coldren Opera House
105 College Street, Iowa City, IA, corner of Clinton Street

Built: 1877 as Grand Opera House (Robert S. Finkbine, architect)
Named for: John N. Coldren, second owner (Johnson County sheriff from 1877 to 1882)
Premises: shared the building with the Iowa City State Bank whose entrance was at the corner. The theater entrance was via two double doors on College Street to the left.
Closed: 1912
Seating capacity: 900
Now: the area is now within the footprint of a shopping mall



No record is currently available as to whether Wilde stayed overnight in Iowa City.

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