Grand Opera House

Thursday, March 2, 1882


The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

The Chicago Tribune, March 6,1882, 5

Also Noted

The Chicago Tribune, March 5, 1999 

Oscar Wilde Well-received In Rockford…Again

by H. Lee Murphy


"Wilde first became known to Americans during a long lecture tour. Indeed, he stopped to speak one March evening in 1882 at the Rockford Opera House, staying at the old Holland House and dining at the home of a Dr. Thomas Butler, according to the Rockford Daily Gazette account at the time.


The Gazette said that Wilde attracted a small but attentive audience at his Rockford appearance."


* While this is not a primary source in itself, it is the reporting of a primary source, and there is no reason to doubt it



Grand Opera House

113-117 North Wyman Street, Rockford, IL


Incorporated: November 6, 1880 

Opened: November 12, 1881

Seating: 1500

Closed (as an Opera House): 1917

Demolished: April, 1927



Rockford Reminisce



Holland House

SE corner of Elm and Main Streets, Dubuque, IA


Built: 1854-56

Named for: John A. Holland, attorney

Opened: April 1856

Destroyed (fire): December 24, 1896


Holland House (left foreground).

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