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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.

An Evening Home For Wayward Sons

An Evening Home For Wayward Sons

April 14, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Unless you've intentionally walked down Center City's Van Pelt Street between Ludlow and Chestnut Streets, chances are you have, like us, passed by the 120-year-old building home of De La Salle in Towne. But where The Shadow lurks, there be stories, and this one has a long history of social well being > more

Nouveau du Nord: A North Philly Nouveau Mashup

Nouveau du Nord: A North Philly Nouveau Mashup

March 31, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Leave it to The Shadow to find one of the city's few (and finest) Art Nouveau buildings: the former Mulligan Funeral Home, now Rome Emmanuel Baptist Church, on Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia > more

The Newest Part Of The Oldest Theater

The Newest Part Of The Oldest Theater

March 17, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

The Walnut Street Theatre famously bills itself as the oldest in America, operating continuously since 1809. But its official address is actually next door at 825 Walnut, whose much younger history The Shadow Knows > more

Florists, Seeds, Cordials, And Hats: The M. Rice Building

Florists, Seeds, Cordials, And Hats: The M. Rice Building

March 3, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

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

Chronometrical Obelisk Of Market Street: 1805-1953

Chronometrical Obelisk Of Market Street: 1805-1953

February 17, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

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