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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.

Old City Sorrow Continues

Old City Sorrow Continues

November 12, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

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

The Beginning And End Of Frank Furness

The Beginning And End Of Frank Furness

November 5, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

What can these two buildings possibly have in common? Why the hand of Frank Furness, of course. The Shadow kicks off Furness week with the story of Frank book-ends: his first and last surviving commissions > more

There's A Furness In There!

There’s A Furness In There!

October 15, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The West Philadelphia Institute opened the same year as Furness' Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, "with all his trademark trimmings," says the Shadow. Read on for the complete story > more

Now <em>This</em> Is A Publishing House!

Now This Is A Publishing House!

September 24, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

That building behind the bus station? It witnessed the explosive growth of the American publishing industry, says the Shadow > more

Immigrants, Schoolkids, Buddhists and All That Jazz

Immigrants, Schoolkids, Buddhists and All That Jazz

September 10, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

What's the (extraordinary) story behind Philadelphia's first Buddhist Temple, at 12th and Washington? The Shadow knows! > more