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.
Italian Philadelphia? Sure. Irish? Jewish, German, African-American, Vietnamese, Mexican? Sure. Scottish? Perhaps most of all. The Shadow knows it--and here's his story of the emblematic Caledonian Club > more
Half missing and distorted beyond nearly all recognition, the old Girard Theatre is under there, somewhere. The Shadow digs around to find some clues--and the story of the building's rise and fall > more
The Shadow introduces us to the architect of the Rockefellers, William Welles Bosworth, and his single Philadelphia building, the Western Union HQ in Washington Square West > more
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