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Cornerspotter: A Newly-Complicated Corner in 1944

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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!

You might be out of practice after the holidays, so we're going a little easy on you this time: This intersection is structurally identical to how it was in 1944, then newly-channelized. In fact, not a whole lot has changed; most of the single-story buildings are even still around, although some not for much longer.

It's hard to imagine today's traffic at this multi-corner intersection making do with stop signs alone, though, so traffic lights are certainly a welcome addition. Also missing in the 1944 photo is a 2013 project that has already made a major name for itself — today, it is straight ahead from the photographer's location, just behind those trees up there.