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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.

Zophar, Tran, And The Chocolate Factory

Zophar, Tran, And The Chocolate Factory

August 20, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

Late developer Tran Dinh Truong's controversial Alphonse Hotel Corporation still owns the former Frankford Candy and Chocolate Company factory. This spring, two months before Truong's death, Alphonse received approval to repurpose the building for offices, retail, and residences. The Shadow has the 1865 building's labyrinthine history > more

The Charity Case

The Charity Case

August 6, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow finds himself in Washington Square West, where his instincts tell him there's more to this 11th Street house than its staid facade > more

Hawthorne King

Hawthorne King

July 23, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

This building really is the star of resurgent Hawthorne, says the Shadow. A former home and school for orphaned, neglected, and deserted kids, it's reflected the changing city since 1854 > more

Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor

July 9, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow--indeed he knows all!--has the almost 300 year history of the carriage house we know as the pub Mace's Crossing, a little building that has outlasted everything else around it > more

The Third Associate Presbyterian Church Building: Does It Deserve Historical Attention?

The Third Associate Presbyterian Church Building: Does It Deserve Historical Attention?

June 25, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow knows that a former Presbyterian church in Logan Square deserves a closer look from preservationists because of its rich religious and commercial history. > more