Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's new and fast expanding 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.
My, my, there was a lot of hoopla for this cornerspot. With 23 guesses in 48 hours, engagement was not an issue. Cracking the case was. We realize the near-impossibilty of definitively nailing down the location, and thus your best guesses were required. Most of you concluded wisely that we're dealing with the Green Line. And two readers pegged it correctly as Lake & Sacramento (three if you count the cheat). All but one of those old apartments buildings are gone— the one still standing above isn't even in the archival shot. There were so many station erasures on both legs of the Green Line that identifying this one is no straightforward thing. Wanna learn more of the particulars of the "L" system over the years? Forgotten Chicago has a thorough investigation. Kudos to you all for some keen deductions under duress.
·Remnants of the "L" [Forgotten Chicago]
·Hint: More Than Just The Station Has Vanished [Curbed Chicago]
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]