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.
Through a century's worth of moving, shaking, shifting, and adapting, 1220 Spring Garden Street survives with a five-story tie to the city's industrial past. The Shadow delves into the many stories of what opened as the M. Rice Building > more
Last year, Hidden City asked who moved the Newkirk Viaduct Monument. And since then, we've learned that the 176-year-old sculpture might be incorporated into park plans for Bartram's Mile—at its original site at the foot of the Grays Ferry Bridge over the Schuylkill River. Just upstream, an even older monument once commemorated the first bridge at Market Street. The Shadow looks into what ever happened to it > more
All the world's a stage, and all the Market Street buildings merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one building in its time plays many parts. The Shadow knows all the acts of the Douredoure Building at 2324 Market > more
For nearly a century, the seven-story limestone building at 2027 Chestnut has reigned supreme over its block, through uses as a hotel, YWCA, and now charter school. A 12-story apartment tower to be built next door will usurp the throne, but not before The Shadow's nod to the current champ > more
One of the simple joys in Philadelphia comes from City Hall's observation deck, where one can follow Broad Street north all the way to Cheltenham in a really straight line. But look a little to the left in North Philly and you'll see a massive, eight-story, red, white, and blue building. The Shadow opens up his storage unit to find the history of the old Electric Storage Battery Company factory > more