Rittenhouse Management Corporation manages quality high rise apartment buildings and brownstones in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wayne Spilove

Rittenhouse Management Corporation was founded in the early 1980’s by Wayne Spilove (website).  For more than thirty-five years, Wayne Spilove has enjoyed a diverse and prosperous career in real estate, and has been an active civic leader in the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In addition to owning a sizable portfolio of some of the finest residential and historic buildings in Philadelphia, he has conducted major transactions with many lending institutions, law firms, non-profit organizations, investors and other property owners.  His successes, the result of cost effective property development and innovative management, have earned him high regard and recognition.

Spilove’s current principal holdings and management activities cover several high-rise apartment buildings within the premier neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square, plus additional noteworthy and historic buildings throughout Center City.

Highlights of Preservation Accomplishments During Wayne Spilove’s Chairmanship of the Philadelphia Historic Commission

1906 Spruce RenovationWhen developer Wayne Spilove decided to make improvements to his property at 1906 Spruce Street and convert some of its apartments to condominiums, he chose to also restore the property’s historical 19th-century appearance, which had been “radically modernized.”

The ornate brownstone entry and original window sash had been removed circa 1960, and much of the architectural ornament broken off and replaced with a flat modernist facade of polished granite panels and aluminum ribbon windows.

Additional details on WayneSpilove.org 

Under Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, three of Philadelphia’s most historic communities were protected from inappropriate exterior alterations or unnecessary demolitions that could have destroyed their historic character. A methodical and complex designation process for each community was required — resulting in the preservation of architectural styles, which reflect the past and foster neighborhood and civic pride.
This work of art, constructed in 1916 by the Tiffany Studios and based on a Maxfield Parrish painting, comprises 100,000 pieces of colored glass that produce the effect of an oil painting. Installed in the lobby of the Curtis Publishing Company headquarters (built in 1910 and adjacent to Independence National Historic Park), the unique mosaic merges architecture with interior art. During Spilove’s tenure a legal battle hinged on whether the mosaic was entitled to the same protection as historic architecture. The years-long struggle to save the Dream Garden was spearheaded by Chairman Spilove, who helped generate a grassroots effort to ensure that it would remain at its original site protected through the city’s historic designation process.
Throughout its history this huge granite structure, built in 1871-1901 in the French Second-Empire architectural style, had weathered many challenges, including lack of funds for maintenance and periods of neglect and vandalism. Under Spilove’s leadership, an extensive $100 million restoration project was initiated, and continues still, through both public and private support.
When this exceptional building was threatened with demolition during creation of the city’s new Convention Center, hotel and transportation complex, Spilove provided leadership and over-site for its redesign and restoration, which included refurbishment of the traditional farmer’s market at the street level. Its upper level train shed was expanded and connected to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Located along the city’s newly designated “Avenue of the Arts”, this library building, designed by Addison Hutton and built in the style of Greece’s Parthenon, was rejuvenated and converted into the Philadelphia High School for the Performing Arts.
Philadelphia’s first commercial building, built in 1873 in the Second Empire style, and altered in the 1890s, was saved from demolition after decades of neglect. It has recently been renovated for retail, commercial and residential usage.
Built between 1732 and 1756, and preserved over the years, this national shrine, cared for by the National Parks Service, is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the National Constitution was drafted while Philadelphia served as this fledgling nation’s capital. During Spilove’s tenure, the building required and received a series of major upgrades of its mechanical and electrical systems, including the installation of a new HVAC system to provide a 21st century climate control.

 

Recognitions

June 30, 2003

Thank you for agreeing to serve as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). During your decade of service on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, Philadelphia gained three large historic districts that have become major drawing cards for the City’s thriving tourism industry. I have little doubt that your tenure on the Commonwealth’s Historical and Museum Commission will result in equal success for Pennsylvania.

Recent events have underscored the importance of preserving our historical heritage and records. Under your leadership, I know Pennsylvania will continue to place strong emphasis on preserving the rich and varied tapestry of events, sites, and structures that helped to shape the destiny of our Commonwealth and our nation.

Again, thank you for your service to my administration and to the people of Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Edward G. Rendell
Governor

April 12, 2002

City of Philadelphia Citation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission was one of the first such institutions of its kind established in the United States to preserve and protect the city’s architectural and historical environment.

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.

John F. Street
Mayor

October 2001

City Council, City of Philadelphia CITATION Honoring WAYNE S. SPILOVE

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.

Anna C. Verna
President

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 Reading Head House as a Marriott, 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.

Sincerely yours,

Edward G. Rendell