Oscar Wilde In America

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



City Hall (Theatre)

Tuesday, May 23, 1882

The Decorative Arts


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


‍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



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

Partially destroyed (fire): 1907 and rebuilt

Partially destroyed (fire): 2012 and demolished

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