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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Des Moines, IA

The Decorative Arts | Opera House | Wednesday, April 26, 1882

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Newspaper Report

The Iowa State Register, April 27, 1882

"THE WORLD WONDER WILDE,

visited this aesthetic city yesterday, and lectured last evening at the Opera House."

Source: No newspaper clipping available yet. Reference to the primary source comes The Palimpsest, Volume XVIII, No. 6: June, 1937, published by State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, 1937 (Briggs, John Ely, editor).

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Newspaper Report

The Centerville Times, May 2, 1882

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historical note

(Moore's) Opera House
Walnut and Fourth Streets, Des Moines, IA

Built as: "Moore's Hall," a three-story brick building, the first exclusive amusement hall in the city (W.W. "Billy" Moore)
Enlarged: 1873
Dedicated: February 5, 1874
Ceased operating: probably later in the 1880s when other opera houses were built, and became a museum and vaudeville show known as "Wonderland." Structure extant at least until 1904
Seating capacity: 1400

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Aborn House
Court Avenue, at Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA

Built: 1871-73
Opened: c. May 10, 1873
Destroyed (fire): September 21-22, 1994

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"An 'aesthetic' newspaper representative visited the British (sic) peculiarity at his rooms in the Aborn House"
The Iowa State Register, April 27, 1882

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