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.
We may be looking at a demolition shot, but this iconic Jazz Age playground endured a gradual demise before its removal in the early 1970s. The cluster of buildings, built by a prolific local architecture firm, thrived until the mid-1950s when eminent domain played a part in the physical severing of the development and the separating of its uses. Importantly, the western piece—with better neighborhood access— remains as apartments. Do your job, clever readers.
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]