Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into Philly and its past!
Here’s what we can tell you about the building in this photograph: Before it was the general store shown in this photo, it was a popular coffee shop for Philadelphians that dates back to the early 1700s. In addition to sipping on cups of joe, folks would come here for auctions on horse carriages, food, even enslaved Africans and African-Americans.
Eventually, it turned into a general store, followed by a single-family residence. It was later demolished and is now the site of a bar.
So: Can you identify the current building or the actual corner where this coffee shop once stood? Leave your best guess in the comments, and we’ll reveal the answer this week!