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.
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
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
At the turn of the 20th century, officials finally decided to treat youth offenders differently from adults. The Shadow has the story of the French Renaissance fortress that resulted--and that still stands today at 22nd and Arch > more
The Shadow is all over this slender beauty at 17th and Locust, the original home of artist Violet Oakley's mural "Building the House of Wisdom." When the house's interior architecture and the mural were threatened in 1927, preservationists rallied to save it > more
The former Philadelphia Native American Museum in the heart of "historic Philadelphia" remains in development limbo years after it was slated for renovation, reports the Shadow. With owners AWOL and violations and delinquent taxes piling up, the building is sadly indicative of this oddly underdeveloped section of the neighborhood > more