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!
In honor of the recently-departed James Garner, this week's edition of Cornerspotter is a two-part challenge based on The Rockford Files. (Thanks to the reader who gave us the idea!) For those who never spent a summer afternoon at grandma's house without cable, the classic '70s TV show cast Garner as Jim Rockford, the unflappable private investigator who lived in a trailer on the beach. Our first mystery photo comes the first episode to feature Hector Elizondo (who became a recurring character), says a reliable source on all things Rockford. (No cheating!) On TV, the building was supposed to be a photographer's studio; now, it's a place to find high-end fashion. The second building comes from an episode with two famous vocalists; it played a linen supply shop then and, oddly, not much has changed now. What we're looking for, as usual, are the intersections where these two buildings can be found.
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