Oscar Wilde In America


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

Savannah

Georgia


The Savannah Theatre

Wednesday, July 5, 1882    


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper report

The Wilmington Morning Star, July 8, 1882, 1


Savannah Morning News, July 6, 1882

"The audience which filled the Theatre last evening was composed of the best class of our citizens."

Venue


The Savannah Theatre

Chippewah Square, Savannah, GA (now 222 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401)


Built: 1818 (William Jay, architect)

Opened: December 4, 1818* 

Seating capacity: 1000

History: several fires, various remodeling, and a hurricane, all resulting in the redesign of its interior and exterior appearances

Today: extant as an unrecognizable movie theatre


* The oldest theatre in America at which Wilde lectured.

Screven House in the 1880s

Accommodation


Screven House

1 East Congress Street, Savannah, GA


Opened: 1854 (Charles Sholl, architect)

Remodeled: 1857 

Demolished: 1923

Ephemera


WILDE'S BLACK VALET

The Atlanta Constitution, July 6, 1882, 7

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