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 Bellevue Court Building on Walnut Street takes its namesake from a street that was erased in the 1990s by the construction of the Tiffany's & Co. jewelry store. The Shadow takes a walk down the forgotten thoroughfare with the building's beginnings and background > more
From manufacturing cars to building the future of Philadelphia's youth, the old Studebaker Building at 800 North Broad Street has kept pace with the changing times. The Shadow takes a look under the hood of this throwback from the days of Automobile Row > more
The attractively slender, condo-converted factory at Race and Orianna Streets is a testament to resilience. Multiple industrial renovations, fire, and prolonged vacancy has kept the former Saxe Paper Company building on its toes for over a century. The Shadow gives us a nickel tour inside this brick beauty's history > more
Finnegan's Wake, the infamous Irish pub at 2nd and Spring Garden, closed its doors last summer after a contract for selling the building fell through. The former box and casket factory now sits vacant and off the market. The Shadow saddles up to the bar to give us the building's industrious background > more
Philadelphia's thriving Chinatown has created its own protective, economic shield, barring outside developers hungry to gobble up the neighborhood with new construction. Incidentally, historic buildings in the area are often safeguarded and preserved through consistent adaptive reuse. The Shadow gives us an example of this encouraging phenomenon with the story behind 941 Race Street > more