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.
Billiards, hospital beds, food bank, and Father Divine. If this building had a resume "versatility" would be at the top of its skills set. The Shadow takes a look behind the doors of this former parish hall at 21st and Naudain > more
The Shadow looks back at Haseltine Building, a beautiful contemporary of the Hale Building that ended in flames and misfortune > more
On a block built out by Bricklayers, this old industrial shop at 13th and Race Streets keeps step with the changing neighborhood after 90 years of reuse > more
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