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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.

Razing A City In Haste: The Lesson Of The Horn Building

Razing A City In Haste: The Lesson Of The Horn Building

August 22, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes a look at indiscriminate demolition and the state of preservation in Philadelphia from the windows of the Horn Building > more

In Point Breeze, A Queen Anne Washed In Swedish Mystery

In Point Breeze, A Queen Anne Washed In Swedish Mystery

August 8, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

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

Bookish Beginnings And A Bar Incognito At The Bird Building

Bookish Beginnings And A Bar Incognito At The Bird Building

July 29, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Books, blouses, and a bashful bar build the fascinating backstory of the Bird Building in Chinatown > more

In West Kensington, A Primer On Early School Design

In West Kensington, A Primer On Early School Design

July 11, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

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

In West Philly, An Old Auto Showroom With A Medical Condition

In West Philly, An Old Auto Showroom With A Medical Condition

June 20, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow gives us a lift to 56th and Chestnut where an early 20th century car dealership keeps its former function well hid > more