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Cornerspotter: A Changing Capitol Hill in 1960

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Written by Sarah Anne Lloyd

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: We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!

While the building in the foreground of this photo looks nothing like all the new buildings springing up around Capitol Hill today, when the photo was taken in 1960 for the City Planning Commission, it was totally brand-new.

Many of the older, shorter buildings in the neighborhood today are from the same late mid-century construction boom as this one — you know, the buildings with covered parking like this. This one (like most of them) is still standing, as is the even older building behind it; that gorgeous house to the left, however, has been replaced by some more modern construction.