“The California Supreme Court does not want to hear about Steve Jobs’ quest to tear down a historic Woodside mansion. On April 25, the state’s high court turned down Jobs’ petition to hear his case,” Andrea Gemmet reports for Palo Alto Online.
“Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc., has been waging a losing battle against a group of preservationists over the fate of the Jackling house, a massive Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion built in 1926,” Gemmet reports.
“He said he plans to tear it down and build a new family home on the Mountain Home Road site, but has been thwarted by an ad-hoc preservation group called Uphold Our Heritage that filed suit to block the demolition,” Gemmet reports. “Jobs was granted a demolition permit by the town of Woodside in December 2004.”
Gemmet reports, “Jobs has said that he plans to build a much smaller family home on the site, and referred to the Jackling house, where he lived for 10 years, as an architectural ‘abomination.’ In recent years, the Jackling house has been uninhabited and allowed to fall into disrepair.”
“The demolition permit for the Jackling house came with an unusual condition — that Mr. Jobs offer to give away the mansion to someone who would relocate it and restore it. A handful of prospective takers have come forward, but the relocation plans have been on hold while the case made its way through the courts,” Gemmet reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Bizarro Ballmer" for the heads up.]
Information about the Jackling house via the Uphold Our Heritage Web site: http://www.friendsofthejacklinghouse.org