Rockford

Illinois

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Grand Opera House

Thursday, March 2, 1882

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The Decorative Arts

Verification

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

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"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.

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

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* 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

Venue

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Grand Opera House

113-117 North Wyman Street, Rockford, IL

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Incorporated: November 6, 1880 

Opened: November 12, 1881

Seating: 1500

Closed (as an Opera House): 1917

Demolished: April, 1927

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Source:

Rockford Reminisce

Accommodation

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Holland House

SE corner of Elm and Main Streets, Dubuque, IA

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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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