The saga continues: Steve Jobs loses appeal to demolish his ‘dump’ of a house

“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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59 Comments

  1. I love my Mac, and have long admired Apple and Steve Jobs, but I side with the preservationists on this topic…

    I’ve seen the photos of the Jackling house in it’s heyday, and it was quite beautiful. Sure, from the current day photos (the house has been vacant and mostly ignored and deteriorating for the past 6 or so years), it doesn’t look so good, but it’s hardly an abomination. A little spit and polish and it would be back in no time….

    Seriously, if Jobs didn’t like Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, which is a as much an example of Californian architecture as anything, then why did he live in it for 10 years? Okay, fine, so he wants to build a new house there. I don’t see a problem with that, but the house is unquestionably of historic value, so why doesn’t he just pay to have the house relocated, to say Golden Gate Park perhaps? It might cost a few million to do so, but that’s a drop in the bucket for a guy with $7 billion.

  2. I’m siding partially with Jobs on this. If he can’t do what he wants with his property, is it really his property? So, he is forced to keep it like it is? Is anyone going to want to buy the property from him if they can’t do what they want with it?

    If the council wants it to be a historic site, then they should buy it from him and make it a park.

  3. I agree with Save it…

    If it were not built by historical characters or in an historical style… but it is both. I love Steve, but this is probably the right decision.

    I’m sure Steve could find another location to build his new house if he has to. Why is he so set on that property location that he’s perhaps willing to relocate the mansion even just to build there? Must be the right neighborhood.

    A little flexibility in life can lead to unexpected positive outcomes. I’m sure Steve will figure it out.

  4. Why the heck did Jobs buy the place to begin with? It it’s too large now, it must have been too large then. Besides, the rage to preserve historical buildings is endemic among the hoity-toity and has dimished property right of owners for years. I’m surprised that Steve wasn’t allowed to build a smaller home in the same Spainish Colonial style. Chalk one up for leftwing traditionalists.

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