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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.

Awaiting A New Call To Service In Mantua

Awaiting A New Call To Service In Mantua

March 4, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

While South Philly's Third Regiment Armory is at the center of an ongoing discussion, another armory sits silently deep in West Philadelphia. The Shadow digs deep to bring us its story > more

The Long And Short Of It

The Long And Short Of It

February 18, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

In the city of what might have been, the Shadow takes us to Chestnut and Juniper, with monumental pieces of architecture on three corners. And the fourth... > more

A Little Scotch Magic On Spring Garden

A Little Scotch Magic On Spring Garden

February 4, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Italian Philadelphia? Sure. Irish? Jewish, German, African-American, Vietnamese, Mexican? Sure. Scottish? Perhaps most of all. The Shadow knows it--and here's his story of the emblematic Caledonian Club > more

In Search Of The Girard

In Search Of The Girard

January 21, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Half missing and distorted beyond nearly all recognition, the old Girard Theatre is under there, somewhere. The Shadow digs around to find some clues--and the story of the building's rise and fall > more

A Starchitect, A Company, And The Life Of Their Building

A Starchitect, A Company, And The Life Of Their Building

January 7, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow introduces us to the architect of the Rockefellers, William Welles Bosworth, and his single Philadelphia building, the Western Union HQ in Washington Square West > more