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.
This building (or buildings if you prefer) is clearly of a bygone era in downtown architecture. A smattering of similar housing rows exist in Near North and Lincoln Park, though with considerably less bulk. There aren't many tell tale signs of the intersection in play, but if you spot the building you'll know everything else. Predating the 'Windy City' by 20 years or so, this row belongs to the era of Urbs in Horto, commonly shortened to 'Garden City'. Some might say we're more of a garden city now, but alas, the other nickname stuck. At around the same time as Chicago's identity shift, another larger building took over this site. Go on, take a crack at it!
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]