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Cornerspotter: Take Comfort Here, Weary Traveler

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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

Whatever happened to comfort stations? Back in 1917, Seattle built this streetcar stop/comfort station for $26,000, which seems like a lot for 1917. But perhaps it was worth it. There's bathrooms below ground and a water fountain for weary travelers. Today, you can hang out on this spot but you won't find much comfort. Only the triangle remains (although strangely, it's official name includes the word square). All around it the streets got busier and the buildings got taller. And both of those things are only going to keep happening. So, any idea where we are in Seattle?