Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into Los Angeles and its past!
Here's a photo taken on September 30, 1955--it's one of the last photos of James Dean, shot on the day he died, just before he headed out of town (he died in a crash on near Paso Robles that evening). The photo's about to be auctioned off, but first, can you figure out where it was taken? Today this is a pretty rundown stretch of street; nearby you'll find fast food restaurants, an office supply store, and a new trendy bar. And if this had been taken a few years later, there'd be a big familiar building in the background. Remember: the only prize here is glory, so no Google-cheating! Leave your guesses in the comments.
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