Oscar Wilde In America


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

Belleville

Ontario


City Hall (Theatre)

Tuesday, May 23, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper report

The Belleville Daily Ontario, May 25, 1882, 3


Report of Wilde's lecture under the heading "The English Renaissance".

Quoted in Oscar Wilde in Canada, Kevin O'Brien, 1882

Newspaper advertisement

Oswego Morning Express, May 19, 1882

Venue


City Hall (theatre)

Front Street at McAnnay Street, Belleville, ON (now 169 Front Street between Macannay and Market Streets, )


Built: 1872-73 as an administrative town hall and market (John D. Evans, architect)

Name changed: 1877 when Belleville became a city

Stage: was a movable platform on trusses

Seating capacity: 600 on wooden benches

Extant

Accommodation


Dafoe House

NE corner of Bridge and Pinnacle Streets, Belleville, ON (now 211 Pinnacle Street)


Built: 1847

Destroyed (fire): 1855 and rebuilt

Destroyed (fire): October 4, 1886


Replaced by: Hotel Quinte, 1895

Mostly destroyed (fire): January 5, 1907 and rebuilt

Reopened: February 27, 1908

Partially destroyed (fire): December, 2012 during renovations, and demolished

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