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Cornerspotter: Making Way For Modernity in 1935

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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 1935, this First Hill road needed to go from not-so-wide to wide. It was part of a much larger project to make Seattle easier to drive and to make way for the burgeoning population. Nowadays the trend is to compact some roads to make room for pedestrians but back then it was all about the cars. To that point, there would soon be a major highway running right behind where this picture was taken. There's a big clue to one of the streets on that market to the right. Otherwise, it's up to you to figure out what Seattle intersection we're looking at.