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.
Standing today as one of the most ornate and recognizable early twentieth century skyscrapers, the structure might not be so recognizable in its half-finished state in grainy black-and-white. The 41-story office tower, the tallest on this stretch of river when it was built, once housed a favorite Capone speakeasy— now an architectural studio. Trouble getting your bearings? Hint: pay special attention to the foreground, which is also mid-construction. Our challenge to you: identify this prominent downtown building with as little outside investigation as possible.
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]