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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

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Philadelphia, PA

The English Renaissance | Horticultural Hall | Tuesday, January 17, 1882

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Newspaper report

The Times (Philadelphia), Jan 18, 1882, 2

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Memoir

Our Philadelphia, ‪Elizabeth Robins Pennell.
‪J. B. Lippincott‬, 1914, 347.

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Indication

Letter (Oscar Wilde)

To Mrs George Lewis
January 17, 1882, Philadelphia

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historical note

Horticultural Hall *
250 South Broad Street, (below Locust), Philadelphia, PA

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Built: 1881 (Addison Hutton)
Opened: January 5, 1882, 12 days before Wilde's lecture
Replaced: Samuel Sloan's original Horticultural Hall on the same site (July 1867-January 31, 1881, fire)
Destroyed: May 27, 1893 (fire)
Replaced by: (New) Horticultural Hall (Frank Miles Day) on the same site (b. 1894-96, demolished 1917)

* Many thanks and appreciation to Mark Samuels Lasner (Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library) for his work in identifying this location, and for confirming the building chronology of the various Horticultural Halls (see feature below).

Horticultural Halls In Philadelphia

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The First Horticultural Hall
250 South Broad St. | 1867-1881

(Samuel Sloan)

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The Second Horticultural Hall
250 South Broad St. | 1881-93

(Addison Hutton)

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The Third Horticultural Hall
250 South Broad St. |1896-1917

(Frank Miles Day)

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Horticultural Hall in Fairmount Park (1875-1955)
Part of the Centennial Exhibition
(Hermann J. Schwarzmann)

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The Aldine Hotel
1910-1922 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Original building built: 1848-1851 as the home of Dr. James Rush
Rebuilt: 1875—77 as a luxury hotel (Yarnall and Cooper) for J.B. Lippincott
Opened: 1877
Demolished: mid 1920s
Expanded: 1895 (Addison Hutton); the taller expansion building to the right is extant
 

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