Oscar Wilde In America


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

Memphis

Tennessee


Leubrie's Theatre

Monday, June 12, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper reports

Public Ledger, (Memphis, TN), June 14, 1882, 4

The Milan Exchange, June 17, 1882, 4

The Newark Advocate (Newark, OH), June 17, 1882, 2

Venue


Leubrie's Theatre

82 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN


Built: 1857 (James Wickersham)

Leubrie's Theatre: 1880-c. 1886 (Ellis and Louis Leubrie)

Partially destroyed (fire): September 1891, closed as a theatre


The theater at this location had various names including Crisp's Gaiety, Memphis Theatre, Leubrie's Theatre, and New Memphis Theatre. For a full chronology see Historic Memphis.

Accommodation


Gaston's European Hotel

31 & 33 Court Street, Memphis, TN (now 107-111 S. Court Ave., adjacent to the D.T. Porter Building)


Began: 1867, nearby as an eating establishment (John Gaston)

Hotel opened: 1878

Name changed: 1883 (Gaston's Hotel)

Closed: c. 1916


Ephemera


Wilde, servant and manager listed at bottom.

Gaston's to the left of the taller Porter building on the South side of Court Square (1910)

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