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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

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St. Louis, MO

The Decorative Arts | Mercantile Library Hall | Saturday, February 25, 1882

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Newspaper report

The New York Herald, Feb 25, 1882
Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb 26, 1882, 3

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Wilde spent the next day, February 26 (a Sunday) in St Louis with a visit to the botanical gardens.

historical note

Mercantile Library Hall
510 Locust Street (corner of Broadway) [1]

Built: 1854
Seating: 2,000
Demolished: 1887 [2]

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[1] The library had been established in 1846 at Pine and Main Streets
[2] Replaced in 1889 by a six story building on the same site but without the Grand Hall

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Wilde's hotel in St. Louis—The New Southern Hotel

The Southern Hotel
Corner of Walnut and Fourth Streets, St. Louis, MO.

Built: 1857—65 (intervention of the Civil War)
Opened: 1865
Picture: c. 1875
Destroyed (fire): April 11, 1877

The New Southern Hotel
Corner of Walnut and Fourth Streets, St. Louis, MO.

Rebuilt: 1877—81
Opened: 1881
Wilde's parlor: No. 70
Closed: 1912
Demolished: 1933

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Clipping above and top banner image of hotel lobby from St. Louis, Historical and interesting places ‪Idress Head, 1909, 117.

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