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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

tremont
Galveston, TX

The Decorative Arts | The Pavilion | Monday, June 19, 1882

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Newspaper Report

The Galveston Daily News, June 22, 1882, 4

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Newspaper Notice

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), June 21, 1882

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Wilde in fact never visited Japan.

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Newspaper Notice

The Decatur Daily Republican, June 21, 1882, 3

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historical note

The Pavilion
East side of 21 Street at the beachfront, Galveston, TX

Opened: April 1881 (Nicholas J. Clayton, architect)
Built for: the thirteenth Texas Saengerfest, April 18-22, 1881
Capacity: 5000
Destroyed (fire): August 1, 1883

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(New) Tremont House *
Corner of Tremont and Church Streets, Galveston, TX (now 23rd and Avenue F)

Built: 1871 (Nicholas J. Clayton, architect, for the Galveston Hotel Company)
Opened: February, 1872
Closed: November 1, 1928
Demolished: December, 1928

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* The second hotel of this name in the city: the first was at Postoffice Street and Tremont; the third is on Ship's Mechanic Row (extant).

The Galveston Pavilion

Wilde's lecture venue in Galveston had a short lifetime: it was destroyed by fire less than two and half years after it was built as the state's first building with electric lighting, and just over a year after Wilde lectured there.

The two photographs of the Pavilion below were taken concurrently. On the left a crowd gathers for a occasion for which a scaffold has been erected on the beach. On the right*, presumably later as the crowd has grown, we can see a high-wire performance.

* This photograph is sometimes shown reversed, but the towers of the building were on the left when viewed from the beach.

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galveston1The view northeast from the roof of Wilde's hotel, before 1890.

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