Wayne S. Spilove

Real Estate, Civic & Community Service, Historic Preservation

Wayne Spilove Has a Long History of Business Success and Civic Involvement in Philadelphia and Across Pennsylvania

Wayne Spilove is a proud Philadelphian, founder and owner of Rittenhouse Management Corporation, a civic and community volunteer, and a leader in historic preservation efforts in the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Spilove has enjoyed a diverse and prosperous career in real estate. His successes are the results of cost effective property development and innovative management.

Through Rittenhouse Management Corporation, he has been managing upscale apartments and historic buildings since 1978. The company’s principal holdings and management activities cover a wide range of high-rise apartment buildings in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, plus additional noteworthy or historic buildings throughout Center City.

Mr. Spilove has dedicated many years to active civic and community service, during which he was appointed to numerous public posts at the city and state level. His service to the City and Commonwealth have earned him high regard and recognition, as evidenced by the letters and official citations below.

His leadership and dedication to historic preservation led to his appointments as Chairman of the Philadelphia Historical Commission and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Mr. Spilove also has served on the boards of Historical Philadelphia, Inc., Friends of Independence National Park and the Big Picture Alliance. He was an advisor to the Museum of the American Revolution (formerly the American Revolution Center), and supports the Athenaeum of Philadelphia a Shareholder.

Recognition from City Leaders

Governor Edward G. Rendell, Letter, April 12, 2001

Your service as Chairman of the Historic Commission was nothing short of outstanding. Under your leadership, the Commission was a key factor in the revitalization of the City of Philadelphia. You made sure that progress and sound development went forward with your steady hand. You also made certain that our recovery would be marked by creative use of some of our most historic buildings.

There are far too many to mention, but the reuse of … the Mellon Bank building as a Ritz Carlton and the Ridgeway Library as the High School for Creative and Performing Arts are just some examples of the outstanding work that you and the Commission did.

Your vision and creativity has left a city renewed in strength and vigor and with ties to its great and historic structures combined to make it more beautiful and more vibrant.

Mayor John F. Street, Citation, April 12, 2002

In the last nine years, the Philadelphia Historical Commission completed a period of record accomplishments. These accomplishments can be attributed directly to the leadership, passion and commitment of its former Chairman, Wayne S. Spilove.

Under his dynamic and innovative leadership, the Commission established the Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District, the Society Hill Historic District,  the Historic Street Paving Thematic District and saved the magnificent Maxfield Parrish/Louis Tiffany “Dream Garden” mosaic mural at the Curtis Center. These are but a few of the major accomplishments during Mr. Spilove’s tenure as the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Chairman.

Wayne S. Spilove and the former members of the Philadelphia Historical Commission have served this city with integrity, professionalism and a profound sense of dedication. He and his colleagues have demonstrated a deep and abiding love for our great city and have inspired others not only with a keen appreciation for Philadelphia’s many historic treasures, but with a desire to preserve and protect them for generations to come.

It is fitting and appropriate, therefore, that the City of Philadelphia officially recognize with this Citation Wayne S. Spilove for the extraordinary job he did as Chairman of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for almost a decade. He leaves in his wake a great legacy of preservation.

City Council President Anna C. Verna, Citation, October 2001

The Council of the City of Philadelphia is pleased to join the Historical Commission of this city in tribute to Mr. Wayne Spilove for his enormous contributions to the Commission.

Whereas, Mr. Spilove was not born in Philadelphia, but he has lived here for over fifty years, and now we claim him as one of our own, for he is a citizen of the first order among us, and

Whereas, As a successful Real Estate Developer and manager, he has undertaken condominium conversions, and has helped develop high rise apartments in Center City, thus adding significantly to the enhancement of the entire downtown area, and

Whereas, In addition to his professional responsibilities, Wayne Spilove is active in numerous public and community organizations, and he served as the Chairman of the Historical Commission from 1992 to this year. He has been dedicated to the betterment of this city and the enrichment of our historical treasures.

Therefore, With this Citation, the Council of the City of Philadelphia does hereby honor and commend Mr. Wayne S. Spilove. We thank him for his years of fine work and extend to him the respect and admiration of this legislative body.