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Cornerspotter: An Ode To Umbrella Hat Man

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Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments or send them to our tipline: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Monday. And hey: no cheating!


Photo: Seattle Public Library/Vintage Seattle

This weekend the Summer Solstice will bring out quite a few colorful characters in Fremont and around Seattle. Finding quirky onlookers has never been an issue in this town. Take, for instance, Umbrella Hat Man, seen here around 1899. UHM is actually Robert W. Patten, an eccentric who inspired a daily comic in the Seattle Times. But the more pressing issue right is this...where was this photo taken and what's there today?