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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.

A Piece Of Wild West History In Historic Wash West

A Piece Of Wild West History In Historic Wash West

June 24, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

What do an Episcopalian missioner, the plight of 19th century Native Americans, and a double wide mansion on Spruce Street have in common? The Shadow Knows > more

A German Singing Society In Kensington? U.G.H.

A German Singing Society In Kensington? U.G.H.

June 10, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

At Second and Norris, a strange and wondrous circa-1890 building served a series of German singing societies. GroJLart pokes around and along the way discovers a goddess museum > more

Animal Plantation By The Market Street El

Animal Plantation By The Market Street El

May 28, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

A plantation house by the El on the 4400 block of Market Street in West Philadelphia? The Shadow, well he knows--and here's the story > more

Slaughterhouse 3000 (Market Street)

Slaughterhouse 3000 (Market Street)

May 13, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow digs through the rising glass and steel of University City to find....still standing proudly...a cow pasture in the sky > more

Amidst A Redeveloping Waterfront, An 1830s Row Lives On

Amidst A Redeveloping Waterfront, An 1830s Row Lives On

April 29, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Just about halfway between Greyhound bus parking and a popular gentleman's club & steakhouse, a block of rowhouses has survived the post-war, post-industrial growth of Northern Liberties' eastern flank. GroJLart tells us all about the Coats family of Old Philadelphia and this heirloom still standing and serving many purposes today > more