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 cozy home, built in the 1890s by an architect renowned for awesomely grand aesthetic statements, once inhabited this mystery lot on the South Side near the water. Designated a Chicago Landmark, some manner of decay or destruction nevertheless brought about the home's demise in 1970. This photo is dated several years prior to demolition, with structural wear already evident. Only a handful of the architect's single-family works still stand in Chicago, but fortunately, many more are spread about the land. One more hint: the architect actually lived here for a spell.
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]