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Cornerspotter: A Giant of Footwear in 1961

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!


Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

Back in 1961, Karl's Shoe Giant stood on this corner, providing the neighborhood with shoes, hosiery, and handbags. Alas, this intersection technically no longer exists — pave late night self-serve footwear paradise, put up a parking lot, as they (sort of) say — but this location is still guess-able to someone with either a great memory or some kind of magical intuition. Here's a hint to get you on track: The building whose parking lot now lies in this location was built in 1980.