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.
For decades, a contiguous eight-and-ten-story complex has loomed over Fifth & Master, a behemoth reminder of the loss of industry. But! The Shadow sees light at the end of the tunnel for the Drueding Brothers building, a.k.a. the Umbrella Factory > more
Hard to believe that Thomas Jefferson University's mammoth, ever-expanding healthcare system was once a tiny obscure medical school. The Shadow give us the diagnosis on Jefferson's old Institute of Anatomy at 11th and Clinton Streets, where the school gained momentum and notoriety > more
Billiards, hospital beds, food bank, and Father Divine. If this building had a resume "versatility" would be at the top of its skills set. The Shadow takes a look behind the doors of this former parish hall at 21st and Naudain > more
The Shadow looks back at Haseltine Building, a beautiful contemporary of the Hale Building that ended in flames and misfortune > more
On a block built out by Bricklayers, this old industrial shop at 13th and Race Streets keeps step with the changing neighborhood after 90 years of reuse > more