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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.

Florists, Seeds, Cordials, And Hats: The M. Rice Building

Florists, Seeds, Cordials, And Hats: The M. Rice Building

March 3, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Through a century's worth of moving, shaking, shifting, and adapting, 1220 Spring Garden Street survives with a five-story tie to the city's industrial past. The Shadow delves into the many stories of what opened as the M. Rice Building > more

Chronometrical Obelisk Of Market Street: 1805-1953

Chronometrical Obelisk Of Market Street: 1805-1953

February 17, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Last year, Hidden City asked who moved the Newkirk Viaduct Monument. And since then, we've learned that the 176-year-old sculpture might be incorporated into park plans for Bartram's Mile—at its original site at the foot of the Grays Ferry Bridge over the Schuylkill River. Just upstream, an even older monument once commemorated the first bridge at Market Street. The Shadow looks into what ever happened to it > more

A Douredoure Situation

A Douredoure Situation

February 4, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

All the world's a stage, and all the Market Street buildings merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one building in its time plays many parts. The Shadow knows all the acts of the Douredoure Building at 2324 Market > more

Girard/YWCA/Freire: Block Dominator... For Now

Girard/YWCA/Freire: Block Dominator… For Now

January 21, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

For nearly a century, the seven-story limestone building at 2027 Chestnut has reigned supreme over its block, through uses as a hotel, YWCA, and now charter school. A 12-story apartment tower to be built next door will usurp the throne, but not before The Shadow's nod to the current champ > more

A Long Battery Life On North Philly's Allegheny Avenue

A Long Battery Life On North Philly’s Allegheny Avenue

January 6, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

One of the simple joys in Philadelphia comes from City Hall's observation deck, where one can follow Broad Street north all the way to Cheltenham in a really straight line. But look a little to the left in North Philly and you'll see a massive, eight-story, red, white, and blue building. The Shadow opens up his storage unit to find the history of the old Electric Storage Battery Company factory > more