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Reifenberg was warm, charming and helpful


I was very interested to read your recollections of HJ Reifenberg, who collaborated with Sir George Grenfell-Baines (AJ 12.6.03). I had brief contact with him when I was involved in a Tea Bar in the centre of his South Bank building - next to the 'largest piece of plate glass in the world'. I was given the subcontract (fee £100) by G Warnett Kennedy, who was doing the main exhibition installation.

Reifenberg was charming, helpful and took me - a young architect - out to dinner at the Fairway Restaurant (designer Misha Black). I don't think I met him again but the brief contact was warming and encouraging.

I also had a long, enduring relationship with FL Marcus, meeting at Max Fry's office - another Berlin architect who got out in time. I remember them both with affection and respect.

Trevor Dannatt, by email

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