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.
At the turn of the 20th century, officials finally decided to treat youth offenders differently from adults. The Shadow has the story of the French Renaissance fortress that resulted--and that still stands today at 22nd and Arch > more
The Shadow is all over this slender beauty at 17th and Locust, the original home of artist Violet Oakley's mural "Building the House of Wisdom." When the house's interior architecture and the mural were threatened in 1927, preservationists rallied to save it > more
The former Philadelphia Native American Museum in the heart of "historic Philadelphia" remains in development limbo years after it was slated for renovation, reports the Shadow. With owners AWOL and violations and delinquent taxes piling up, the building is sadly indicative of this oddly underdeveloped section of the neighborhood > more
What can these two buildings possibly have in common? Why the hand of Frank Furness, of course. The Shadow kicks off Furness week with the story of Frank book-ends: his first and last surviving commissions > more
The West Philadelphia Institute opened the same year as Furness' Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, "with all his trademark trimmings," says the Shadow. Read on for the complete story > more