JOHN LAUTNER’S MASTERPIECE HAS BEEN POLISHED AND IS READY FOR IT’S CLOSE-UP!
The LA Conservancy Tour of Lautner’s Silvertop will be tomorrow night. The Reiner-Burchill Residence or as it is more commonly called Silvertop is to Los Angeles’ residential architecture as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal is to New York City. I will be one of the lucky few to tour this home. I had the privilege to tour the home when it was listed. Silvertop truly is the jewel in the crown of Los Angeles architecture.
Neighbor and “Beats by Dre” President Luke Wood reportedly paid $8.55 for the famed home. Wood’s had recently used architect Barbara Bestor to build his own headquarters and enlisted her for this monumental project. Wood will be only the third owner to have lived in this home. It was commissioned in 1956 by the hairclip and aircraft-nut magnate named Kenneth Reiner. Reiner also was an inventor and tinkerer. The expense of building this home basically bankrupted Reiner. He was forced to sell the house before it was finished. Another neighbor, Philip and Jacklyn Burchill, stepped in and finished the home. I met Mrs. Burchill a few years back when she listed the property. She was very gracious in allowing us to tour her home.
Just a note, Silvertop officially sold for $8.55 million and was in escrow less than three weeks when it was listed. Buyers flew in from all over the world. I appreciate the “angels” as Judith Lautner called them. Those are the people who love art and architecture and buy a property with the intentions of restoring it to it’s former glory. It’s great that Luke Wood and his family have restored the property and plan on living in it.
I will let you know what I think of this renovation. I’m a member of the Lautner Foundation and recently spoke with Judith Lautner. If you want to learn more about John Lautner and his work, please go to this link.