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Cornerspotter: A 1930 Corner-To-Be

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!

Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

You may be thinking, "Hey, I spot no corners here," and you'd be right... in 1930. Take a look at this corner now, though, and you would see a corner. The street pictured would grow into a major arterial in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, and intersecting it at this spot is the entrance to a suburbanesque loop of a housing development finished in 1990.

Now, no doors or storefronts face the street on this block. It might seem like a lot has changed. But the park that cradled this house and smoke shop then, and the circle of single-family homes now, had just expanded when this photo was taken — although it wouldn't technically become a park-park until it the city purchased it in 1987.
· All Cornerspotter coverage [CS]