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.
Back in 1904 when this photo was taken, this busy corner was a popular destination for shoppers, and still remains one to this day. It also became significant at the time for being the so-called "zero-zero" point of Chicago, becoming the dividing point for Edward Paul Brennan's numbering system. Since the time that the photo was taken, the street has also seen 15 variations of public transportation, from horse drawn carriages to streetcars to modern hybrid buses.
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