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Cornerspotter: Background Clues Tell This Seattle Story

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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!


Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

All of the clues for this corner are going to be in the background. The mini-mart to the right, while standing at the site of another mini-mart, is long gone; the huge, shared medical facility where the laundromat stood in 1962 was finished in 2009 (If some squeamish time-traveller were to show up with a bag of laundry, they may even be in for a bit of a shock).

The large, white building towering over the rest of the photo is still around, although it doesn't stand out quite as much in these much taller times. And hey, do you see those steeples slightly downhill from here?