Dubuque

Iowa

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Opera House

Wednesday, March 1, 1882

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The Decorative Arts

VERIFICATION

Newspaper report

Dubuque Herald, March 2, 1882, p.1

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In contrast to the successes and larger audiences in the major cities, this lecture was attended by fewer than 200 inattentive people.

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It was the first of eleven consecutive days lecturing in eleven different cities, often to smaller houses, the effect of which demoralized Wilde for a time.

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He recovered his bonhomie in time to tell the press that he flattered himself on his appearance at the Opera House, because, he says:

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“Any man can make a speech…before 1,000 people, but it requires nerve to deliver a lecture to empty benches”.

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The Inter Ocean (Chicago), March 1, 1882, 8

Venue

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Opera House

Fourth and Main Streets, Dubuque, IA

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Built: 1840s, as City Hotel 

Redesigned and reopened: 1864, as Athenaeum Theatre

Refurbished and reopened: 1877, as Duncan-Waller Opera House

Seating: 900

Destroyed (fire): April, 1910

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Full history and source:

Five Flags Center

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Related:

Encyclopedia Dubuque

The Dramatic Yearbook

Rebuke For Dubuque

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Dubuque is located along the Mississippi River.

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Oscar Wilde had already been unimpressed by the Atlantic Ocean and Niagara Falls. It was now time for America's grand waterway to be chastised:

ACCOMMODATION

 

Julien House

Second and Main Streets, Dubuque, IA

 

Built: 1844, as The Waples House 

Reconstructed: 1854, as Julien House

Remodeled: 1874

Wilde’s rooms: 73-4

Old section demolished and rebuilt: 1889

Destroyed (fire): April 13, 1913

 

Full history and source:

Encyclopedia Dubuque

Recommended reading:

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