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.
Feast your eyes on a low-rise uniformity becoming ever more scarce in downtown lakefront areas. This 1914 photograph depicts row homes that would've been the lower rent option in a neighborhood that hosted the second wave of opulent mansion construction and a relocation of big money from the Near South Side. A selection of these multi-million dollar Greystones and Brownstones linger on along the west side of the block but clumsy high-rises of 30 stories and up did away with most of the block's low-rises decades ago. Nearby is a storied mansion that also bit the dust before most of our readers were born. OK now, on what block of what street looking in which direction are we?
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]