“At a public hearing Tuesday night, the town council of Woodside, Calif. — one of the wealthiest small towns in America — voted 6 to 1 to approve a controversial demolition permit that would allow Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs to knock down a 17,250 square foot Spanish colonial mansion and replace it with a smaller, more environmentally friendly home,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Jobs bought the sprawling mansion known as the Jackling House in 1984 — the year the Mac came out — and camped out in it for about 10 years before moving to Palo Alto. His 2004 demolition permit was approved by the Woodside town council but blocked by an ad-hoc group called Uphold Our Heritage. They view the abandoned structure — built in 1925 by George Washington Smith in his Santa Barbara style for copper mining magnate Daniel C. Jackling — as a national treasure,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

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Jessica Bernstein-Wax reports for The San Jose Mercury News, “Clotilde Luce, president of Uphold Our Heritage and a former resident of the home, described the building as ‘possibly more interesting’ than Smith’s Santa Barbara work because the large size of the lot gave the architect greater freedom.”

Bernstein-Wax reports, “Asked by The Daily News whether her group planned to pursue further legal action, Luce replied, ‘We already sued, and we won. I wish (the council) had paid attention to the law.’”

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MacDailyNews Take: Unleash the bulldozers!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Fred Mertz" for the heads up.]