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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Rock Island, IL

The Decorative Arts | Harper's Theatre | Saturday, April 29, 1882

* Previous chronologies mistakenly place Rock Island in Iowa.

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Newspaper Report

The Rock Island Argus, April 30, 1882, 4

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Indication

Newspaper Report

The Rock Island Argus, April 22, 1882, 4

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Indication

Newspaper Advertisement

The Rock Island Argus, April 24, 1882, 1

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The subject of Wilde's lecture was changed to The Decorative Arts

historical note

Harper's Theatre
Northwest corner of 16th Street and Second Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Built: 1878 (I. N. Holmes, architect)
Named for: Benjamin “Ben” Harper (1817–1887) businessman, politician and president of the Board of Education
Capacity: 1000
Sold: 1901 to Clemann and Salzmann, furniture retailer
Interior damaged (fire): January 15, 1917, rebuilt
Sold: 1952 to Edwards brothers
Destroyed: 1960 to make way for new on-ramp to the Centennial Bridge

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Source: Rock Island Preservation Society

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Harper House
2nd Avenue & 19th Street, Rock Island, IL

Built: 1870-71 (Isaac Holmes, architect)
Named for: Benjamin “Ben” Harper (1817–1887) businessman, politician and president of the Board of Education
Opened: February 1871
Remodeled: 1898
Sold: to the DeSilva family, again remodeled 1908, and again in 1934
Sold: to Harper House, Inc., 1964
Demolished: 1973, now the site of an office building

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Source: Rock Island Preservation Society

Wilde stayed Saturday night at the Harper House, and left Rock Island by the east bound train on the following morning.

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