Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's weekly game in which you, fair readers, consult archival streetscape photos or postcard illustrations to identify the building(s) and/or location presented. Time to tap that reservoir of urban minutiae and flaunt it before your fellow readers. Fire away in the comments, and we'll reveal the correct identity and backstory on Friday.
This 1910 photograph depicts one centerpiece of a bustling immigrant neighborhood. But guess what, a lot has changed. Vanishing—along with much of its environs—in the 1960s, this staggering Victorian once watched over a downtrodden but aspiring community. While portions of this area could still use some help, there's a large and relatively new contingent of temporary residents and well-healed back-to-the-city types— bringing with them a whole mess of new development radiating in every direction from the above intersection. What on earth are we going on about? Someone please settle this thing.
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]