Oscar Wilde In America


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

Norfolk

Virginia


Van Wyck’s
Academy Of Music

Monday, July 10, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper report

Norfolk Landmark, July 11, 1882, 1


Newspaper advertisement

Public Ledger (Norfolk, VA), July, 1882


Venue


Van Wyck’s Academy of Music

210-212 Main Street, corner of Martin's Lane, Norfolk, VA (now 109 E. Main Street)


Opened: September, 1880 (Henry Dubois Van Wyck)

Seating capacity: 1300

Remodeled: 1899-1900

Destroyed (fire): April 4, 1930, subsequently demolished*


* Remnants of the original bulding exist within the rebuilt Selden Arcade which utilized salvaged bricks (extant).

Accommodation


Atlantic Hotel

12 Granby Street (NW corner of Main and Granby), Norfolk, VA


Built: 1867-68 (Edmund Lind, architect )*

Wilde's room: No. 134 

Destroyed (fire): January 31, 1902


* The second of three hotels in Norfolk with this name.The first on Main Street between Gray and Bank was destroyed by fire on January 8, 1867. The third which replaced Wilde's hotel, was demolished in the 1970s.

Ephemera


Public Ledger (Norfolk, VA), July 10, 1882, 1

Location of the Atlantic Hotel and the Academy of Music

For the original on which this advertisement is based, see The Kelly Sketch


Credit: I am extremely grateful to the staff of the Sargeant Memorial Collection at the Slover Library (Norfolk Public Library) for assistance in sourcing this information.

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