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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.

Triumph And Tragedy Under The El

Triumph And Tragedy Under The El

November 28, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes us to Front and Dauphin where the tragic downfall of a prosperous women's apparel merchant is entombed in sneakers and stucco > more

Writing Machines Made Here

Writing Machines Made Here

November 15, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow give us a classic example of adaptive reuse from the 1980s, when the residential conversion of an old typewriter factory in Logan Square led to a wave of new development > more

The Bavarian Jewel Of Washington Square West

The Bavarian Jewel Of Washington Square West

November 1, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

At 12th and St. James Streets, a world-renowned jeweler's workshop still shines after 100 years. The Shadow opens up this treasure chest with the history of the building's origins > more

Celebrating A Hive Of Architecture

Celebrating A Hive Of Architecture

October 17, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Bonbright Building isn't just the prettiest one on the 1500 block of Locust Street. Dozens of top architects of the the 1930s and 40s shared the building with building contractors and interior designers. The Shadow takes us inside > more

The Classiest Shed In University City

The Classiest Shed In University City

October 3, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow unlocks the history behind this swanky old storage facility in University City > more