The Definitive Resource Of Oscar Wilde's Visits To America

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Opera House

Monday, March 6, 1882

The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

The Ottawa Free Trader, Mar 11, 1882, 8

Joliet News Historical Edition‬, ‪Will County Historical Society‬, 1884 - ‪Joliet (Ill.), p. 35


Opera House

Chicago and Clinton Streets, NW corner, Joliet, IL

Built: 1873 [1]

Opened: February 3, 1874

Seating: 950

Destroyed (fire): March 18, 1891

Replaced: 1892 on the same site with a new opera house with a turreted corner

[1] of Joliet limestone from the quarries of William Davidson


No record is currently available as to whether Wilde stayed overnight in Joliet. It is entirely possible he traveled on early by train to Jacksonville, IL, a journey of some 200 miles, where he lectured the following evening.

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