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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.

Boxes & Shampoo: A Callowhill Factory-To-Nightclub Story

Boxes & Shampoo: A Callowhill Factory-To-Nightclub Story

August 5, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

After a successful run as Shampoo, that Callowhill nightclub space hopes to replicate its success as Devotion. Prior to the party, GroJLart tells us, the building served as the origin of all types of paper boxes > more

Three Centuries And Countless Incarnations In Paschalville

Three Centuries And Countless Incarnations In Paschalville

July 22, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

In Southwest Philly, traces of the Revolutionary War and Underground Railroad survive if you know where to find them. The Shadow Knows, as he digs into the Garrick House's history > more

A Piece Of Wild West History In Historic Wash West

A Piece Of Wild West History In Historic Wash West

June 24, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

What do an Episcopalian missioner, the plight of 19th century Native Americans, and a double wide mansion on Spruce Street have in common? The Shadow Knows > more

A German Singing Society In Kensington? U.G.H.

A German Singing Society In Kensington? U.G.H.

June 10, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

At Second and Norris, a strange and wondrous circa-1890 building served a series of German singing societies. GroJLart pokes around and along the way discovers a goddess museum > more

Animal Plantation By The Market Street El

Animal Plantation By The Market Street El

May 28, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

A plantation house by the El on the 4400 block of Market Street in West Philadelphia? The Shadow, well he knows--and here's the story > more