Inside Steve Jobs’ ‘dump’ of a house

“On Tuesday a California city council will reconsider Steve Jobs’ longstanding request for permission to tear down the empty 84-year-old mansion that stands on the site where he wants to build a smaller, modern house more to his exacting taste,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“The 17,250-square-foot Spanish Colonial, located in Woodside, Calif., one of the wealthiest small towns in America, was designed by George Washington Smith for Daniel C. Jackling, self-made millionaire (copper) and San Francisco society-page headliner who filled his home with expensive artwork and traveled the world by private railroad car and custom-built yacht,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“Apple’s CEO bought the 30-room hacienda in 1984, the year the Mac was released, and camped out there for the better part of a decade before moving to Palo Alto,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “He found the sprawling hacienda a cold and dreary place to live. He has called it ‘one of the biggest abominations of a house I’ve ever seen’ and says it will cost more to restore than to replace. At one point he offered to give it to anyone willing to pay to have it moved.”

Full article, with photos, here.

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