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Dennis Carlisle (AKA GroJLart)

Dennis Carlisle (AKA 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.

The Lasting Mark Of An Architect/Developer

The Lasting Mark Of An Architect/Developer

February 6, 2018  |  Architecture

The Shadow has the lowdown on an old office building at 22nd and Chestnut Street that was designed by one of Philly's first architects to play the role of real estate developer > more

Mid Mod Façade On Chestnut Conceals History Of Wheels

Mid Mod Façade On Chestnut Conceals History Of Wheels

January 22, 2018  |  Architecture

The Shadow uncovers a 97-year-old Center City auto dealership that has no problem changing with the times > more

Little Corner at 10th & Market Reveals Big Legacy

Little Corner at 10th & Market Reveals Big Legacy

January 8, 2018  |  History

Reading Terminal, Philadelphia Mint, Drexel Institute--all prominent landmarks built by contractor Charles McCaul. The Shadow uncovers the little-known legacy of the big time builder at a nail salon on 10th Street > more

Changing Faces, Changing Times At The Mallas Building

Changing Faces, Changing Times At The Mallas Building

December 20, 2017  |  Architecture

How many exterior alterations can one building bear? This Philly Frankenstein at 10th and Market changes faces nearly every 50 years. The Shadow has the lowdown > more

The Marvelous Multiple Occupations Of The Midtown II

The Marvelous Multiple Occupations Of The Midtown II

December 11, 2017  |  History

Last June, one of Center City's last classic diners, Midtown II at 11th and Sansom, closed its lunch counter for good. The high-profile property is now under development, although plans for the space remain elusive. The Shadow takes us behind the façade to reveal a lively list of tenants and a colorful history of reuse > more