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 Shadow steps back to give an update on 13 buildings featured on the Hidden City Daily over the last four years > more
The history of the Niessen Building is a classic Philadelphia story. Its halcyon days were spent as the headquarters for a cut flower wholesaler, but the building fell on hard times as the neighborhood unraveled in the 1980s. The stately reinforced concrete building was saved from continued humiliation when it was remodeled for a hotel in 2007. The Shadow checks in at 12th and Race > more
The Shadow saddles up to the bar at 16th and Sansom to dish the dirt on the Wilson Building > more
The former First Presbyterian Church of the Northern Liberties knows the business of conversion. This low-key brick structure built in the early 1800's on Fairmount Avenue spent decades as a theater, a hall for German singing societies, a Polish community house, and now lives out its days as a children's learning center. The Shadow tallies up the building's long list of reuse > more
The Shadow wheels us into the new year with this late 19th century bicycle clubhouse in North Philadelphia that later became a legendary spot for live jazz and R&B > more