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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.

The Classiest Car Park In Center City

The Classiest Car Park In Center City

October 12, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The stately façade of Aldine Garage on Sansom Street makes today's parking garages look like a cost cutting afterthought. The Shadow chauffeurs us back to the 1930s when luxury and parking spaces went hand in hand > more

At 52nd And Spruce, An Epic Spot Is Still Empty

At 52nd And Spruce, An Epic Spot Is Still Empty

September 28, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The corner building at 52nd and Spruce has changed more hands in its nine decades on the block than one can count. The Shadow does the math on this overlooked West Philadelphia landmark > more

Bedding Down At The Hotel Carlyle

Bedding Down At The Hotel Carlyle

September 14, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow checks in for a short stay at the Hotel Carlyle in Francisville, one of the city's last boarding house hotels, and another address with a long, strange story to tell > more

New Life for Spring Garden Street's Long-Vacant Lawsonia Building?

New Life for Spring Garden Street’s Long-Vacant Lawsonia Building?

August 31, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The old Lawsonia furniture factory in Callowhill is being renovated for commercial and residential reuse after 13 years of false starts and vacancy. The Shadow plates up this little slice of industrial heritage on Spring Garden Street > more

A Building To Unify All Christianity

A Building To Unify All Christianity

August 20, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The heart of the Schaff building still beats 25 years after its predecessor was demolished. The Shadow preaches the gospel of this religious addition on Race Street > more