Jobs Wins Battle to Tear Down House

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs won his bid Tuesday night to demolish his 17,250 square foot house in Woodside, California in preparation to build a smaller residence on his property, according to the Mercury News. The ruling follows a multi-year battle by preservationists to stop the destruction of what they see as a historic landmark.

The house was originally built in 1925 for Daniel Jackling who made his fortune in copper mining. Mr. Jobs lived in the 14 room house in the 1980s, and then later used it as a rental property. It has been vacant and in disrepair for about ten years.

The organization successfully stopped the demolition in 2006 after claiming Mr. Jobs and the town of Woodside failed to produce documentation that showed the house would be more expensive to preserve than to replace. The filing that won town council approval on Tuesday included information showing that it would cost over US$13 million to renovate the property, but only $8.2 million to start over and build a new house.

Uphold Our Heritage, the group that sued to prevent the Jackling house demolition, didn't say whether or not it planned to sue again. Group president Clotilde Luce did, however, say "We already sued, and we won. I wish (the council) had paid attention to the law."

 

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

Mafwoj

It’s about time this whole situation wrapped up
Did the NIMBYs ever offer to buy the property?

marcsten

Not totally sure this is Apple news, but since it keeps coming up, it wasn’t ‘NIMBY people who opposed demolition. It was preservationists who wanted to save the historic mansion. See below:

The house was built by Daniel Jackling, a western mining magnate who revolutionized the copper industry at the turn of the century. He built his palace in 1923. I?m certain he was as entrepreneurial in his day as Jobs? is in ours. It was designed by renowned California architect George Washington Smith (who was responsible for Santa Barbara?s ?Spanish hacienda? style).

I never heard anyone say they didn’t like Steve’s plans for his new house, but only that they didn’t want him to destroy this house. When you buy a place listed on the historic registry, there are certain limitations on what you can do with it. These are disclosed when you buy the property.

Lee Dronick

The other week I read a story about the house, The writer actually went onto the property and into the unlocked house to take photos. From what I could see the house was in bad shape, but of course I couldn’t see the condition of the foundation and frame, they could have been so termite damaged that the place had to go. I will see if I can find the story and post a link to it.

Lee Dronick

Here is a link to the photos of Steve’s house

http://news.cnet.com/2300-13579_3-10000785.html

I hope that they can save the Aeolian Pipe organ, it looks to be more historic than just another Spanish Revival house.

@marcsten I am not sure that the house was on historic registry. Anyway, maybe Steve will rebuild the house with the 1920’s look.

marcsten

@marcsten I am not sure that the house was on historic registry. Anyway, maybe Steve will rebuild the house with the 1920?s look.

You may be right. I thought I had read that somewhere, but now that you mention it, that may have been my assumption. Sorry if that was an overstatement.

Lee Dronick

You may be right. I thought I had read that somewhere, but now that you mention it, that may have been my assumption. Sorry if that was an overstatement.

No problem friend, that too was my first impression when the story broke.

Now wait a minute. What makes a house historic, someone famous such as Presidents Washington, Lincoln, or Jefferson lived there? Well Steve Jobs live in that house.

jfbiii

Most preservationists are a lot more interested in preservation when it’s done with someone else’s money.

Rootboy

I’m not *positive*, but I believe he offered to *give* the house away to anyone who would take it. *Might* even have offered to pay for its moving.

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