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Cornerspotter: What is This Tricky Triangle?

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


Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives

Thanks to three separate grid orientations in the area surrounding Elliott Bay, triangle-shaped blocks pepper the bordering areas of Downtown Seattle. This block has changed a whole lot since 1949 — there's a couple of notable transit structures, for example — but remains one of the more complicated intersections in the area.

Feeling a little turned around? If you look closely you can see a few hints within the frame, although it would be way easier to orient yourself if there weren't a whole street missing.