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.
Nothing good ever happens on Friday the 13th. OK, we're sure there've been a few happy weddings and births. But this colossal turn-of-the-last-century building caught fire on that day several decades ago, paving the way for its ceremonious demolition and replacement less than a year later. What replaced it isn't in the same aesthetic universe, but it's arguably just as striking on the streetscape. The institution that presides over the property today has a 150-year legacy on the site, expanding rapidly in the first 50 years and holding court ever since. Alright all you smartypants, what's our corner?
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]