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.
Development of the lot at 20th and Arch has been cursed since the Kahn Building was demolished in 1929, only 8 years after its construction. Ironically, an easy to miss, colorful little Gulf Oil station has survived at the spot for 85 years--long enough to be placed on the Philadelphia Register. The Shadow serves up a big slice of history on this heartening little hut > more
The Miles Building has worn more hats than a coat rack in its 115 years on 11th Street. The Shadow peels back the stately facade of this industrial hold out in Washington Square West and the view is full of commerce and scandal > more
Station D, once a bustling mail carrier hub for Southwest Philadelphia's growing 19th century manufacturing district, now spends its days as condominiums. The Shadow sends us down the pneumatic tubes of this former postal office on Christian Street > more
For over a century, John B. Stetson showered the world in well-made hats from his company's 25 building manufacturing complex in South Kensington. The Shadow checked our vitals and suggests we accompany him to Union Mission Hospital, one of the last Philadelphia Stetson buildings left > more
This former 1930s Brockway Motor Company sales center in Nicetown-Tioga just keeps on truckin'. The Shadow gives us a lift into the New Year with busy masonry, adaptive reuse, and an architectural mystery > more