Oscar Wilde In America


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

Sringfield

Illinois


(Chatterton) Opera House

Moday, February 27    , 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper report

The Chicago Tribune, Mar 1, 1882, 7 col. 1


Reports “Oscar Wilde...arrived from...Springfield, Ill., where he lectured Monday evening.”

New York Dramatic Mirror

Venue


(Chatterton) Opera House

Sixth and Jefferson Streets (SE corner), Springfield, IL


Opened: 1866 (as Rudolph Opera House)

Mostly destroyed (fire): March 17, 1876

Rebuilt: 1876—79

Reopened: Sept. 10, 1879 (as Chatterton Opera House)

Closed: May 13, 1924, later condemned as unsafe

Replaced by: Orpheum Theatre 1927—1965


Played host to Mrs. Langtry, Lillian Russell, Edwin Booth, Rose Coghlan, William F. Cody, Adelina Patti, et al.

Accommodation


Evidently Wilde did not stay overnight in Springfield. After the lecture, Wilde traveled night and day on February 27/28 arriving at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Chicago, IL, before beginning the next leg of his tour in Dubuque, IA, on March 1. This was the next day as 1882 was not a leap year. 

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