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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Houston, TX

The Decorative Arts | Gray's Opera House | Friday, June 23, 1882

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The Dallas Weekly Herald, June 29, 1882, 3

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The Houston Daily Post, June 25, 1882

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historical note

Gray's Opera House
West side of Fannin Street, Houston, TX, between Congress and Preston Streets (now 320 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002, opposite the courthouse)

Opened: c. 1860s (as Gray's Hall)
Converted: May 1879 (Gray's Opera House)
Seating: 800-1000
Destroyed (fire): August 8, 1889
Replaced by: Sweeney and Coombs Opera House (opened November 3, 1890) which later became the Houston Theatre and The Prince. But this is not the same building as Gray's as sometimes suggested.

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The Galveston Daily News, August 8, 1888, 8

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Hutchins' House
North side of Franklin Street between Main and Travis Streets, Houston, TX

Opened: March 18, 1867 (William J. Hutchins)
Enlarged: c. (New Hutchins' House)
Destroyed (fire): October 19, 1901

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