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.
Step into McGlinchey's and step into the bar before time. Or rather, the bar before modern time, when bars were bars. GroJLart scrubs a couple layers of smoke from the walls to find a multi-use history, a mural from an old oil giant, and a design from theater specialists Hoffman-Henon > more
The Philadelphia School at 25th & Lombard in Fitler Square is one of the city's shining spots for primary education. But as The Shadow finds, the school has only owned the building it occupies since 1999. The building's long history includes pie baking and a spell as a young Aramark's headquarters > more
Last year, Drexel Medicine placed a shiny new sign atop 219 North Broad Street, clearing up any confusion about who was calling the shots at the Hahnemann-Allegheny-Tenet-Drexel corridor at Broad & Vine. The Shadow peels beneath the medical layers to find the building's origins in 1920s Automobile Row > more
With origins as a lumber company at 25th & South, the William Henry Maule Company grew to be one of the largest seed companies in the world. After bouncing around various offices, Maule built an eight-story headquarters at 21st & Arch, now occupied by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The Shadow Knows the varied life the building has lived in the 100 years since it opened > more
Though Chinatown's footprint is small, it's full of small side streets like Quarry and Alder and Appletree with stories of its varied industrial past. GroJLart finds one such story—of pharmacy and printing and daycare—at the corner of Spring and Clifton Streets in a 113-year-old building > more