Oscar Wilde In America

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



New Opera House

Wednesday, April 19, 1882

The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

The Kansas City Star,(Kansas City, MO) April 21, 1882, 2

Newspaper advertisement

Leavenworth Daily Times, April 12, 1882


New Opera House

Shawnee Street (south side), between Fifth and Sixth Streets, Leavenworth, KS

Built: 1880 (H. D. Rush, stock company president) 

Seating capacity: 900

Later: Crawford Grand Opera House, sold in 1910 and converted for use as a temple of the Abdallah Shrine.


Planters' House/Hotel

Corner of Main and Shawnee Streets, Leavenworth, KS

Company formed: 1855 (principals W. H. Russell, H. P. Johnson, and Amos Rees)

Completed: December 3, 1856

Demolished: declared unsafe for occupancy in the 1950s and eventually torn down.


The Leavenworth Times, April 20, 1882

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