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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 Multi-use History, Sown From Maule's Seeds

A Multi-use History, Sown From Maule’s Seeds

October 14, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

With origins as a lumber company at 25th & South, the William Henry Maule Company grew to be one of the largest seed companies in the world. After bouncing around various offices, Maule built an eight-story headquarters at 21st & Arch, now occupied by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The Shadow Knows the varied life the building has lived in the 100 years since it opened > more

Big Bird On Little Spring Street

Big Bird On Little Spring Street

September 30, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Though Chinatown's footprint is small, it's full of small side streets like Quarry and Alder and Appletree with stories of its varied industrial past. GroJLart finds one such story—of pharmacy and printing and daycare—at the corner of Spring and Clifton Streets in a 113-year-old building > more

Tower In The Parke: 52nd Street's Tallest Turns 100

Tower In The Parke: 52nd Street’s Tallest Turns 100

September 16, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Stars on the sidewalk honor 52nd Street: West Philly's Main Street. A little higher up—seven stories to be exact—the Renaissance Center, opened in 1913 as the Parke Building, plays the architectural star of the street > more

Boxing Ring, Catholic School, Photo Shop: The Variegated Story Of Grays Ferry's Wharton Hall

Boxing Ring, Catholic School, Photo Shop: The Variegated Story Of Grays Ferry’s Wharton Hall

August 19, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Decades after its last active tenant cleared out—and 120 some years after its construction—Wharton Hall appears to have a new lease on life. GroJLart digs in at 26th & Wharton to find the story of this Grays Ferry building > more

Boxes & Shampoo: A Callowhill Factory-To-Nightclub Story

Boxes & Shampoo: A Callowhill Factory-To-Nightclub Story

August 5, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

After a successful run as Shampoo, that Callowhill nightclub space hopes to replicate its success as Devotion. Prior to the party, GroJLart tells us, the building served as the origin of all types of paper boxes > more