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.
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
The historic commercial building stock along Germantown and Lehigh pops into view at the Treacy Building, an early 20th century office building that was converted into a Sun Ray Drugs pharmacy in the 1930s. The Shadow sheds some light on this curious North Philly spot > more
The Keyser Building on Arch Street was built with elegant simplicity, slow burning supports, and fire from the belly of a man with a voracious appetite for success. The Shadow cranks up the heat with this little ditty from Chinatown > more
The stately façade of Aldine Garage on Sansom Street makes today's parking garages look like a cost cutting afterthought. The Shadow chauffeurs us back to the 1930s when luxury and parking spaces went hand in hand > more
The corner building at 52nd and Spruce has changed more hands in its nine decades on the block than one can count. The Shadow does the math on this overlooked West Philadelphia landmark > more