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Cornerspotter: Different Time, Same Buildings

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: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!

This corner hasn't really changed much — although it's a little more lively and occupied than it is in this photo, taken in 1916, two years after the building to the left was completed. Apparently, it didn't exactly thrive right off the bat; according to the Department of Planning and Development, the joint was a "flophouse" (quotes theirs!) by the 1930s.

Currently, that structure is most notably home to a bar and a hotel, although other current occupants include a clothing store and a retailer specializing in swords, daggers, and t-shirts. That not ringing a bell? The building to the right is currently home to an established neighborhood restaurant with an eccentric, mustachioed proprietor.