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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.

So What's Happened With All Those Buildings?

So What’s Happened With All Those Buildings?

March 14, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow steps back to give an update on 13 buildings featured on the Hidden City Daily over the last four years > more

Across From Flower Show, A Building Built By Flowers Blooms Again

Across From Flower Show, A Building Built By Flowers Blooms Again

February 29, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The history of the Niessen Building is a classic Philadelphia story. Its halcyon days were spent as the headquarters for a cut flower wholesaler, but the building fell on hard times as the neighborhood unraveled in the 1980s. The stately reinforced concrete building was saved from continued humiliation when it was remodeled for a hotel in 2007. The Shadow checks in at 12th and Race > more

The Happy Rooster's Coop Gets A Redo

The Happy Rooster’s Coop Gets A Redo

February 15, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow saddles up to the bar at 16th and Sansom to dish the dirt on the Wilson Building > more

Northern Liberties Church Keeps Pace With The Neighborhood For Two Centuries

Northern Liberties Church Keeps Pace With The Neighborhood For Two Centuries

January 19, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The former First Presbyterian Church of the Northern Liberties knows the business of conversion. This low-key brick structure built in the early 1800's on Fairmount Avenue spent decades as a theater, a hall for German singing societies, a Polish community house, and now lives out its days as a children's learning center. The Shadow tallies up the building's long list of reuse > more

1890 Cyclist Clubhouse And Jazz-Age Hothouse Resists Wrecking Ball

1890 Cyclist Clubhouse And Jazz-Age Hothouse Resists Wrecking Ball

January 8, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow wheels us into the new year with this late 19th century bicycle clubhouse in North Philadelphia that later became a legendary spot for live jazz and R&B > more