GroJLart is the anonymous foulmouthed blogger of Philaphilia, where he critiques Philadelphia architecture, history, and design. He resides in Washington Square West. GroJLart has contributed to Naked Philly, the Philadelphia City Paper's Naked City Blog, and Philadelphia Magazine's Property Blog.
The old Lawsonia furniture factory in Callowhill is being renovated for commercial and residential reuse after 13 years of false starts and vacancy. The Shadow plates up this little slice industrial heritage on Spring Garden Street > more
The heart of the Schaff building still beats 25 years after its predecessor was demolished. The Shadow preaches the gospel of this religious addition on Race Street > more
A pretzel baron and his booming baking business once burned with prosperity at the corner of 10th and Susquehanna. The Shadow pulls the little-known legacy of Oakdale Baking Company out of the oven > more
West Philadelphia is full of eccentric architectural history and the corner of 41st and Irving only adds more layers. The Late Victorian home at 247 South 41st Street was built by Philadelphia's elite in the late 1800s for a clubhouse to worship and play the plain-trick playing card game, Whist, a precursor to Bridge. The Shadow deals the first hand to tell the story of this long forgotten gaming den > more
On the sleepy 200 block of North 13th Street the former Ballinger Building is steamy with the scent of dim sum and a wide range of former tenants that will send an appetite for adaptive reuse into overdrive. If the building's Renaissance façade doesn't whet the palette, its history of notable 20th century construction companies, sexploitation films, and enterprising architectural firms will. The Shadow dishes out this multicourse meal from the outer edges of Center City > more