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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.

Brooding Drueding on the Cusp

Brooding Drueding on the Cusp

May 23, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

For decades, a contiguous eight-and-ten-story complex has loomed over Fifth & Master, a behemoth reminder of the loss of industry. But! The Shadow sees light at the end of the tunnel for the Drueding Brothers building, a.k.a. the Umbrella Factory > more

Secrets Of A House Of Cadavers, Reanimated As Condos

Secrets Of A House Of Cadavers, Reanimated As Condos

May 9, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Hard to believe that Thomas Jefferson University's mammoth, ever-expanding healthcare system was once a tiny obscure medical school. The Shadow give us the diagnosis on Jefferson's old Institute of Anatomy at 11th and Clinton Streets, where the school gained momentum and notoriety > more

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