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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Ottawa, ON

The Decorative Arts | Grand Opera House | Tuesday, May 16, 1882

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Newspaper Report

The Ottawa Daily Citizen, May 17, 1882, 1

Reported that “there was a fairly good audience,” for Wilde's lecture.

Indication

Newspaper Report

Montreal Daily Witness, May 19, 1882, 8

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historical note

Grand Opera House
134 Albert Street, between O"Connor and Metcalfe Streets, Ottawa, ON

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Built: 1874
Destroyed (fire): July 6, 1913

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Russell House
SE corner of Sparks and Elgin Streets, Ottawa, ON

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A small hotel first built on the site: 1840s
Renamed: 1863 (Russell House)
Enlarged: 1874
Enlarged: 1880
Closed: 1925
Destroyed (fire): 1928

On arrival in Ottawa, Wilde went immediately to the Russell House, the finest hotel in the city at the time, where he was interviewed by the Toronto Globe and “fairly besieged by autograph hounds."

The following day Wilde departed Ottawa by the 4.55 pm train to Quebec City.

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Russell House — drawing room

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Russell House — dining room

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