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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.

There's A Furness In There!

There’s A Furness In There!

October 15, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

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

Now <em>This</em> Is A Publishing House!

Now This Is A Publishing House!

September 24, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

That building behind the bus station? It witnessed the explosive growth of the American publishing industry, says the Shadow > more

Immigrants, Schoolkids, Buddhists and All That Jazz

Immigrants, Schoolkids, Buddhists and All That Jazz

September 10, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

What's the (extraordinary) story behind Philadelphia's first Buddhist Temple, at 12th and Washington? The Shadow knows! > more

Zophar, Tran, And The Chocolate Factory

Zophar, Tran, And The Chocolate Factory

August 20, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

Late developer Tran Dinh Truong's controversial Alphonse Hotel Corporation still owns the former Frankford Candy and Chocolate Company factory. This spring, two months before Truong's death, Alphonse received approval to repurpose the building for offices, retail, and residences. The Shadow has the 1865 building's labyrinthine history > more

The Charity Case

The Charity Case

August 6, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow finds himself in Washington Square West, where his instincts tell him there's more to this 11th Street house than its staid facade > more