Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's regular 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 1954 photo shows a pretty healthy and nondescript streetscape on Chicago's West Side. It is no longer this intact. We know... shocker. The backside of a marvelous church is one of just a few constants when comparing present day streetviews from this perch with those 60 years old. There's a lot more green at present, put it that way. The view is to the east from a point west of The Loop. The perspective is from "L" tracks that once connected to a dozen or so demolished and decommissioned stations. Some of this line's stations have been repurposed to another line swerving through the Near West & Lower West sides, and the potential exists for restoring even more service into Cicero. And thus, the 50 year dry spell is over for this vital piece of infrastructure. Tell us, where are we?