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 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
Philadelphia erupted with real estate growth in 2015. Yet, some of the city's most noticeable properties remain ragged, empty and trapped in limbo. GroJLart has this year end survey of the city's top ten down-and-out buildings begging for redevelopment > more
The Fox-Henry mansion on Spruce Street has a meaty backstory to match its hefty mass. The Shadow dishes up the dirt on this bulky brick abode > more
Bilgram Machine Works at 12th and Spring Garden was the first reinforced concrete building in Philadelphia. The Shadow puts a spotlight on the formal industrial heavy weight and the busy Bavarian behind it > more