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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.

Hawthorne King

Hawthorne King

July 23, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

This building really is the star of resurgent Hawthorne, says the Shadow. A former home and school for orphaned, neglected, and deserted kids, it's reflected the changing city since 1854 > more

Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor

July 9, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow--indeed he knows all!--has the almost 300 year history of the carriage house we know as the pub Mace's Crossing, a little building that has outlasted everything else around it > more

The Third Associate Presbyterian Church Building: Does It Deserve Historical Attention?

The Third Associate Presbyterian Church Building: Does It Deserve Historical Attention?

June 25, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow knows that a former Presbyterian church in Logan Square deserves a closer look from preservationists because of its rich religious and commercial history. > more

Horace TrumPower's Gilded Age Castle

Horace TrumPower’s Gilded Age Castle

June 11, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

Go to Broad and Locust, end up in the Middle Ages, says the Shadow, who has the story on the building known for decades as the "Locust Theatre" > more

The Mountain Of South Philly

The Mountain Of South Philly

May 29, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow calls the empty Mt. Sinai Hospital in Pennsport "South Philly's Divine Lorraine." He tells us why this monumental building--the city's first Jewish hospital--by architect Louis Magaziner matters > more