Welcome to Cornerspotter, a weekly Curbed 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!
Hint: Ansel Adams took this photo. Okay, so it's not much of a hint, but it narrows it down a little bit. This image shows a Westside 'hood back in 1940—if you were to travel there today, you'd find similarly heavy foot traffic on the street, and though the Ralphs is no longer occupying the white structure on the right, the building remains incongruously classy for what's inside it.
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