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.
There was a time when beach concessions weren't taken lightly, when customer experience was paramount. Think Robert Moses' seaside palaces, or the present-day Indiana Dunes beach house. Basically, anything that bordered on theme park. Chicago had some of this, of course, but one pavilion of old was our gold standard— lo and behold, the one pictured in the turn-of-the-last-century postcard above! It presided over a prominent beach into the 1920s before succumbing to fire damage. Such was the fate of some of its close relatives as well. OK, give it a name and a location.