NE corner of 86th Street and Third Avenue (now 201 E. 86th Street, New York, NY)
Built: c. 1869 (as a public hall)
Lecture hall seating: 1000
Building use: multi-purpose occupancy over many years including a library, masonic lodge, concert hall, police station, political meeting rooms, and, in 1937, a bakery
Replaced by: a 35-story apartment building, the Colorado (extant).
Source: Daytonian in Manhattan.
At the time of the lecture Wilde was living in New York City at 48 West 11th Street (building extant).
As to previous itineraries
This lecture does not appear in any of the previous itineraries published by Mikhail, Ellmann, Page or Beckson. It is identified for the first time in Wilde scholarship here and simultaneously in a cross-publication article in The Wildean (the journal of the Oscar Wilde Society, No. 42, January 2013).
Not only does this lecture increase the number of known tour dates, it is significant in extending the previously accepted duration of the lecture tour by six weeks.
Special thanks are due to Rob Marland, a UK independent scholar, for his initial work in identifying this lecture.
Article by Rob Marland and John Cooper
The Young Men's Christian Association
The YMCA was founded in London in 1844 with the aim of instilling the principles of a healthy "body, mind and spirit". The Association founder, George Williams, was a draper typical of the young men who were drawn to the cities by the Industrial Revolution.
By 1851, there were YMCAs in the Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
The YMCA of Greater New York was founded in 1852 and the Yorkville YMCA was a branch of it.
In 1855, ninety-nine YMCA delegates from Europe and North America met in Paris at the First World Conference of YMCAs for the first time before the 1855 Paris World Exposition. They discussed the possibility of forming a federation to enhance co-operation among societies, thus marking the beginning of a World Alliance of the YMCA.