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 tomorrow.
The handsome engineering specimen above was built in the 1890s and remained in service for nearly 40 years. Its replacement, now also quite old, is of the celebrated Bascule variety with Art Deco embellishments. The bridge is recognized in engineering and urban infrastructure circles as the first significant lift bridge of its kind and was designed by the late-19th and early-20th century's lord of the moveable bridge, who will go unnamed in the interest of more vigorous cornerspotting. Still, with the trained eye of Curbed's readership this oughta be a cakewalk.
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]