Oscar Wilde In America

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



Globe Theatre

Friday, June 2, 1882


The Decorative Arts


Newspaper notice

The Fitchburg Sentinel, June 3, 1882, 2

Wilde's second lecture in Boston.

Letter (Oscar Wilde)

To Ian Forbes Robertson

May 28, 1882, O'Neill House, Woodstock, ON

I have been obliged to alter my Boston lecture to next Friday.


‍Globe ‍Theatre ‍(1874)

‍364 ‍Washington ‍Street, ‍near ‍the ‍corner ‍of ‍Essex ‍Street, ‍Boston, ‍MA

‍Original ‍building: ‍1867 ‍(as ‍Selwyn's)

‍Destroyed ‍(fire): ‍May ‍1873

‍Second ‍building: ‍December ‍1874 ‍(B.F. ‍Dwight, ‍architect)

‍Seating ‍capacity: ‍2200

‍Destroyed ‍(fire): ‍January ‍1894

‍* ‍There ‍was ‍a ‍third ‍Globe ‍Theatre ‍at ‍692 ‍Washington ‍Street ‍built ‍in ‍1903 ‍(Arthur ‍H. ‍Vina, ‍architect), ‍extant


Vendome Hotel

SW corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA

Built: 1871 (William G. Preston, architect)

Sold: 1879

Expanded: 1881-82 (J.F. Ober, architect)

Sold: 1971, renovated

Partially destroyed (fire): June 17, 1972*. Subsequently rebuilt

Extant as an office and condominium complex

* In terms of loss of life, the Vendome fire is the worst fire-fighting disaster in Boston history. Nine fire-fighters died when a 40-by-45 foot section of wall collapsed burying a ladder truck (Ladder 15) and seventeen firefighters beneath a two-story pile of debris.


Letter sent from Boston by Wilde to his manager, Col. W. F. Morse:

“Mr. Moore paid only 250 dollars - and no expenses at all.” 

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