It was mentioned in press accounts that Wilde was served his dinner from Beck's, which was the restaurant associated with the Neil House, run by Lawrence Beck, a man who was witness to the comings and goings there for many years. Around the time of Wilde's visit, The Bohemian noted that "Lawrence Beck never seems to get any older."
There is no Neil House in Columbus today, it coming down for good in the late 1970s. The last president to stay there was Jimmy Carter, although he was only a candidate at the time.
The site of the Neil House today.
The State House, across the street. The cupola still lacks the oft talked about but never acted-on dome, and so retains the character, in the words of the Ohio State Journal in 1882, of a "mammoth cheesebox."
Following is a letter by Pres. Warren G. Harding concerning the razing of the Neil House in 1922: