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 another delightful vestige of old Chicago. Readers are charged today with identifying and locating the mixed-use structure pictured above in its early days. Its primary function is one drastically underrepresented in poorer parts of town, to which this address belongs. Eighty years ago, however, this wasn't even the only place of its kind on the block! We won't stop you from throwing a pity party (it is somewhat warranted) but, unlike the cut-and-dry contrasts illuminated by some Cornerspotter installments, this neighborhood has been showing encouraging signs of an upswing at least in the residential market. And the exemplary landscaping and public greenspace has endured.
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]