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Cornerspotter: No More Books Here But Plenty of Beers

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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: Wikimedia

Pictured here in 1905, this building opened to the public on June 24, 1904. If it strikes you as the kind of building where knowledge and learning would be valued, you'd be correct as it spent the first sixty or so years of it's existence as a library. In fact, it was the first major branch of the Seattle public library system when it was incorporated few years later. Since 1963, it's been transformed into a retail hub and has been home to an antique store, French restaurant, consulting firm, health service provider and, currently, an Australian-themed pub. So, any idea what this building is and where it's located?

Seattle Public Library

1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104