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Nova Scotia

Academy of Music

Tuesday, October 10, 1882

The House Beautiful


Newspaper reports

St. John Daily Sun, October 13, 1882

[Original unseen—as noted in Oscar Wilde’s Progress Down East, by Rose Snider, The New England Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Mar., 1940), p. 19.]

‘Halifax papers of Wednesday morning speak very favourably  of Oscar Wilde’s second lecture entitled “The House Beautiful”; describing it as an honest lecture, delivered with much better effect and of vastly greater interest than the other.’ 


On this occasion Wile’s subject was The House Beautiful, the talk he reserved for when he lectured in the same city more than once. Wilde had lectured in Halifax the previous day, October 9, 1882. 

See Lecture Titles.


Academy of Music
Barrington Street, at Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Built: 1876

Opened: 1877

Seating: 1500

Renamed: 1918 (The Majestic)

Demolished: 1929
Replaced by: Capitol Theatre (1930)


Waverley Hotel

Pleasant Street, Halifax, NS (now 1266 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Y5

Built: c. 1800, as a private residence

Converted: 1876 as Waverley House
Extant: as Waverley Inn

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