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.
The Shetzline family once owned large parcels of farmland throughout Point Breeze and later developed their estate for the shallow canyons of row houses we see today. One conspicuous building, now a laundromat at the corner of 18th and Moore, may be the last remaining home of the South Philly Sweed's old homestead. The Shadow follows the trail of obscurity > more
Books, blouses, and a bashful bar build the fascinating backstory of the Bird Building in Chinatown > more
The Shadow teaches us the origins of Philadelphia's educational architecture reform and the Samuel Sloan Plan with this stony schoolhouse at Cumberland and Hancock Streets > more
The Shadow gives us a lift to 56th and Chestnut where an early 20th century car dealership keeps its former function well hid > more
The Shadow walks us through the origins of a pleasantly peculiar mansion in Washington Square West > more