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a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Des Moines, IA

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



Newspaper Report

The Iowa State Register, April 27, 1882


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).

verification of Lecture

Newspaper Report

The Centerville Times, May 2, 1882



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


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

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


"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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