Oscar Wilde In America


DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America

San Jose

California


California Theatre

Monday, April 3, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper report

San Jose Daily Herald, April 4, 1882

Venue


California Theatre

c. 81-85 South Second Street, San Jose, CA


Opened: 1879; in the former Central Hall building, the first of three theaters in San Jose to bear the name California Theatre

Destroyed (fire): July 2, 1892


1) The Salt Lake Tribune, July 3, 1892, 1

2) The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois), July 5, 1892, 7

Accommodation


Auzerais House

North side of Santa Clara Street between Market and First, San Jose, CA


Building commenced: September 1863 (John E. Auzerais)

Opened: March 16, 1865

Later: a store block

Damaged (earthquake): 1906, rebuilt

Later: the Grant Building, subsequently demolished


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Then and Now


Credit:

Thanks to Rob Marland for help in identifying Wilde’s hotel in San Jose.

Travel Plans


According to Robert D. Pepper [1] there was no north bound train back to San Francisco after Wilde's lecture so he stayed overnight in San Jose. 


He lectured the following night in Stockton, and the map opposite shows his possible routes.


[1] Oscar Wilde | Irish Poets and Poetry of the Nineteenth Century, Robert. D. Pepper, 1972.

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