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.
The elevated rail system has endured many mishaps over the years, and we're not just talking about broken down trains and calamitous stations. One especially damaging event took place in the middle of the day on an old stretch of track that had just been improved. Lost in the fire were new station platforms and a train car that got a little too close. The station house, one of the system's oldest, was also too badly damaged to be of much use. The inferno resulted in long-term stunted service and a host of temporary fixes until a permanent station replacement was built a few years later on the opposite side of the tracks. OK, what on earth are we talking about?
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]