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Kenneth Reiner dies at 95; industrialist built landmark Silvertop home
Kenneth Reiner dies at 95; industrialist built landmark Silvertop home

Kenneth Reiner made a fortune in Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s designing and manufacturing two ingenious products: self-locking aircraft nuts and spring-loaded ladies' hair clips. He brought the same inventiveness to a personal project he launched in 1956: building his dream home in bohemian Silver Lake with an architect who shared his faith in the future. The industrialist labored for more than a decade to build Silvertop, a modernist landmark considered one of architect John Lautner's masterpieces. Sadly, Reiner never got to live in it. Reiner, 95, who died Sept. 12 in Long Beach after a long illness, lost the house after a business partner sued him and his first...

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