Oscar Wilde In America

DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America



Grand Opera House

Thursday, February 23, 1882


The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb 24, 1882, 5 col. 4

Letter (Oscar Wilde)

To Colonel W. F. Morse (his manager)

c. February 26, 1882

“They were dreadfully disappointed at Cincinnati at my not wearing knee-breeches”.

Letters, 141


Wilde's visit to the opera:

Patti in Cincinnati


Grand Opera House (formerly Mozart Hall)

Vine and Longworth Streets, Cincinnati, OH

Built: 1853 (as the Catholic Institute)

Seating: c. 2,000

Destroyed (fire): January 22, 1901


Burnet House

NW corner of Third and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH

Built: 1849

Opened: May 30, 1850

Rooms: c. 300

Closed and demolished: July 15, 1926

Picturesque Cincinnati, John Shillito Company, 1883, p.23

The Burnet House, as originally built with dome.

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