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GroJLart

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.

Hats Off To Stetson's Union Mission Hospital

Hats Off To Stetson’s Union Mission Hospital

January 20, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

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

An Enigma On Allegheny Avenue Is In It For The Long Haul

An Enigma On Allegheny Avenue Is In It For The Long Haul

January 5, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

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

A North Philly Building's Direct Connection To The Past

A North Philly Building’s Direct Connection To The Past

December 15, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

You can't keep a good Windrim down. This former Bell building at 17th and Diamond has persevered for over a century, being reused as an undertaker school, Masonic temple, Mennonite church, and community center. We got on the horn with The Shadow to get the scoop on this heavyweight champion of adaptation > more

Can't Top This: Munitions Gals And Jazz Joints In Rittenhouse Square

Can’t Top This: Munitions Gals And Jazz Joints In Rittenhouse Square

December 1, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

From YWCA boarding house to jazz bar to day spa, The Shadow gives a full salute to the many lives of this unassuming Rittenhouse relic from the Great War > more

Lost In The Shuffle: When Registered Buildings Go Down

Lost In The Shuffle: When Registered Buildings Go Down

November 17, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Why are some buildings on the National Register of Historic Places preserved while others are casually destroyed? The Shadow gives an example of this phenomena through the Wagner Free Institute of Science and the John F. Kennedy Vocational Center > more