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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.

Dance With Us Through The Baum Building's History

Dance With Us Through The Baum Building’s History

October 13, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

After decades on 11th Street, Baum's Dancewear is pulling up stakes and moving south to East Passyunk. The Shadow cuts a rug and gives us the skinny on the building's many past lives > more

The Legend Of Midtown Village

The Legend Of Midtown Village

September 29, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Chemistry labs, karate, puppet theater, and a prostitution ring? The Shadow strikes again! This week we hear about the Guilded Age real estate mogul Felix Isman and his bay-windowed beauty at 13th and Sansom > more

An Antique Swimming Hole Under The El

An Antique Swimming Hole Under The El

September 15, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

A public bath for five decades, this brick-arched beauty now houses a brush and broom manufacturer. The Shadow dives into the history of this sunken treasure under the El > more

Saddle Up! Lacey & Phillips Building May Ride Again

Saddle Up! Lacey & Phillips Building May Ride Again

August 18, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

The Lacey & Phillips building has sat vacant for the last eight years. With a new owner taking the reigns, there may still be another life in it yet. The Shadow gives us the history; whips, bits, spurs and all > more

The Many Lives Of The Wayfarer’s Lodge

The Many Lives Of The Wayfarer’s Lodge

August 4, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows that from homeless shelter, to chemical plant, to upscale apartment building, few Philadelphia structures have had as varied a history as 1720 Lombard Street > more