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.
This extinct office building once held down the Southern edge of a humming mono-industrial area. There's at least one other surviving structure nearby that looks almost exactly like it, but most of the area's commercial buildings are small and squat. Another hint (if you need more) is that much larger commercial development is coming to the edge of the district in question, not tied to the faded industry represented in the 1916 photo above but imagined as a boon to its now-lifeless streets. So... what's the building and its exact former location?
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]