Welcome back to Cornerspotter, Curbed’s game where we ask readers to guess the location or building in Philly based on a historical photograph. Yesterday, the corner in question was at one point home to an ornate hotel, then demolished to make way for Schubert’s Bar as seen in the photo. Today, the corner is another type of musical venue.
It didn’t take long for readers to pinpoint the location. Congrats to reader GJroLart, who identified the right location first!
It’s the northeast corner of Broad and Spruce, where the Wilma Theater now stands.
Another reader noted that the large building in the background gave the site location away.
The corner was home to the little-known hotel called Hotel Stenton during the late 1890s.
It was demolished, with Shuberts House of Music Bar eventually taking its place. When that got torn down, it served as a parking lot. The Wilma Theater has stood here since 1996.
Thanks for playing along and stay tuned for another chance to play Cornerspotter!
- Can you guess the corner where this Philly bar once stood? [Curbed Philly]