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.
A cornerstone of one of Chicago's now-thriving collegiate institutions, the West Side building in the 1903 picture above ran as its own profession-oriented entity for a half-century prior the present-day school's arrival. It's also, geographically, nowhere near the current college. And sadly, there's nothing but grainy photos to prove its existence or the existence of anything resembling urbanity at the site. Another way of putting it: this intersection and all its parcels now serve a far mightier presence. Give it a name and you win!
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]