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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Brooklyn, NY

The Decorative Arts | Lee Avenue Baptist Church | Friday, May 12, 1882

Wilde's second of two lectures in Brooklyn.



Newspaper Report

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 13, 1882



Newspaper Report

Brooklyn Daily Union-Argus, May 13, 1882, 1



Previous chronologies mistakenly recorded the venue of this lecture as Williamsburg, VA. The correct Williamsburg is a district of Brooklyn, NY.

historical note

Lee Avenue Baptist Church
Lee Avenue between Wilson and Taylor Streets, Brooklyn, NY (now 27 Lee Avenue between Wilson and Roebling Streets)

aka South Baptist Church


Built: 1872 (Rev. J. Hyatt Smith, pastor)
Construction: corrugated iron and wood; laid out from designs by Lawrence B. Valk, architect
Audience Room: the church retained an audience room from a previous brick church building on the same site for use as a lecture hall*
Seating: c. 1000
Closed: July 1881

Remodeled: 1882, as a music hall
Reopened: October 1882
Seating: 1700
Closed: 1895

aka variously as Lee Avenue or Williamsburg Academy of Music, the Lee Avenue Academy #7, Phoebus Theatre (for one season), and the Lee Avenue Music Academy

Renovated: 1900, as Corse Payton’s Lee Avenue Theater
Demolished: 1916

* After the church closed in July 1881 (services moved to the All Souls' Universalist Church), it did not reopen officially as a theater until October 1882. Wilde lectured in the old audience room of the church.

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