“Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs Wednesday lost a bid to a state appeals court in San Francisco for a permit to demolish an historic 30-room house in Woodside and replace it with a smaller residence,” Bay City News (BCN) reports.

“The Court of Appeal upheld a ruling in which San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner last year set aside a permit granted by the Woodside Town Council for demolition of the building, known as the Jackling House,” BCN reports.

BCN reports, “The two-story, 17,250-square-foot house was built for copper magnate Daniel Jackling in 1926. It was designed by George Washington Smith, a leading architect in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, and qualifies as an historical resource under the California Environmental Quality Act, the court said.”

“Jobs bought the building in 1984, lived in it for about 10 years and then rented it for several years after moving to Palo Alto. It has been vacant since 2000 and has been allowed to deteriorate, according to the court ruling,” BCN reports. “Jobs began seeking a permit to demolish it and build a smaller 6,000-square-foot home for himself and his family in 2001. He was granted the permit in 2004 by a 4-3 vote of the Town Council, against the recommendation of the council’s staff. Then a conservation group called Uphold Our Heritage filed a lawsuit challenging the action.”

“In Wednesday’s ruling, a three-judge appeals panel agreed with Weiner’s finding… Jobs’s lawyer, Howard Ellman, said he could not comment on Jobs’s plans or on a possible further appeal because he has not been able to reach Jobs, who is at Apple’s Macworld trade show in San Francisco Wednesday,” BCN reports. “Ellman said ‘discussions are in progress’ for a private group to take over the house and move it to a different site.”

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