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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.

In Rittenhouse Square, A Parish Hall That's Seen It All

In Rittenhouse Square, A Parish Hall That’s Seen It All

April 25, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Billiards, hospital beds, food bank, and Father Divine. If this building had a resume "versatility" would be at the top of its skills set. The Shadow takes a look behind the doors of this former parish hall at 21st and Naudain > more

Elegy For A Building Whose Life Was Cut Short

Elegy For A Building Whose Life Was Cut Short

April 11, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow looks back at Haseltine Building, a beautiful contemporary of the Hale Building that ended in flames and misfortune > more

The Shadow Peels Back The Layers At 13th And Race

The Shadow Peels Back The Layers At 13th And Race

March 28, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

On a block built out by Bricklayers, this old industrial shop at 13th and Race Streets keeps step with the changing neighborhood after 90 years of reuse > more

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