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.
Alright all you lovers of the hunt, it's time for another installment of CornerSpotter. Break out the toolkit and tell us what intersection sits atop in this 1938 photo. We'll tell you it's a three-way junction, is almost certainly more congested today, has tall buildings where there were none, and benefits from physical demarkations that keep everything flowing and go some distance in sprucing up the streetscape. The theater, whose marquee (name blotted out) overhangs the street at right, was once considered as grand as The Uptown. It had a reasonably long life, but came down in the 90s. The northward procession of billboards is a thing of the past, too. That should be more than enough to set you on track. Start your engines!
CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]