Oscar Wilde In America


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

Iowa City

Iowa


Coldren Opera House

Thursday, April 27, 1882


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Verification


Newspaper report

Iowa City Daily Republican, April 28, 1882, 4


Venue


Coldren Opera House

105 College Street, Iowa City, IA, corner of Clinton Street


Built: 1877 as Grand Opera House (Robert S. Finkbine, architect)

Named for: John N. Coldren, second owner (Johnson County sheriff from 1877 to 1882)

Premises: shared the building with the Iowa City State Bank whose entrance was at the corner. The theater entrance was via two double doors on College Street to the left

Seating capacity: 900

Closed: 1912

Now: the area is now within the footprint of a shopping mall

Accommodation


St James Hotel

SE corner of Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA


Built: 1872

Destroyed (fire): April 21, 1916

Iowa City Past

EPHEMERA


Oscar Wilde autograph from Iowa City, 1882


Source

Nebraska State Historical Society Blog

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