Oscar Wilde In America


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

Toronto

Ontario


Pavilion Of The Horticultural Gardens

 Saturday, May 27, 1882


The House Beautiful

Verification


Newspaper reports

The Toronto Evening Telegram, May 27, 1882

The Toronto Mail, May 28, 1882


Among others, both newspapers reported Wilde's lecture, his appearance, and his activities.


Quoted in Oscar Wilde Discovers America (1882), Lewis & Smith, 1936


Newspaper announcement

The Toronto Globe, May 26, 1882


Announced after Wilde's first lecture in Toronto that he would speak again next Saturday afternoon... and:

"if it is as well packed as was the Grand Opera House last night it will assuredly be a house beautiful..."

Venue


Pavilion of the Horticultural Gardens 

Between Carlton and Gerrard Streets, Toronto, ON (now Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave.)


Opened: 1879 (Langley, Langley and Burke, architects)

Conservatory expansion: 1894

Destroyed (fire): June 6, 1902

Replaced: 1910 by the Palm House

Accommodation


Queen's Hotel

NE corner of Front and York Streets, Toronto, ON (now 100 Front Street West)


Original residential buildings: 1844

Buildings combined: 1856 (as Sword’s Hotel)

Expanded until: 1862 (as Queen's Hotel)

Closed: September 10, 1927

Demolished: 1927

Replaced by: The Royal York Hotel (opened June 11, 1929, extant)

The Horticultural Pavilion in the 1880s

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