Stratford's Opera House

Friday, May 26, 1882

The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

The Brantford Expositor, May 27?, 1882

Newspaper advertisement

Newspaper unknown, May, 1882

The date 1881 is a typographical error.

The New York Mirror, c. June 1882


Stratford's Opera House

140 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON (now Harmony Square)

Built: 1866, as Ker's Hall (James Ker)*

Converted: 1881 (Joseph Stratford)

Opened as Stratford's Opera House: October 1881

Seating capacity: 1000 (600 iron opera chairs plus ordinary seating in gallery, circles and private boxes)

Destroyed (fire): January 10, 1908

* Not James Kerby, another prominent Brantford developer.


Wilde did stay overnight in Brantford but his lodgings are unknown. The most likely hotel would have been Kerby House.

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