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.
The above postcard image was composed in 1910, back when this drag was a novel and celebrated place. The thoroughfare is just as monumental today, but a couple other nearby routes skimmed a good chunk of its city-bound traffic. A stubborn poverty has overtaken the area, too. The intersection depicted is the launching point for the double-median stretch of the main drag, and the cross street still demarcates a transition point in the built form of the community. It's the spot where 'towers in a park' meet greystone and brick mansions, where the street broadens but the homes close in. Name that spot.
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]