Whatever happened to Steve Jobs’ teardown mansion?

“Remember the Jackling House, the 14-bedroom Roaring Twenties-era folly that Apple’s Steve Jobs bought, hated, and planned — despite the objections of preservationists — to replace with a modern home more to his exacting standards?” Philip Elmer-DeWitt asks for Fortune.

“Well, it got torn down in February 2011, while Jobs was dying and had more important things to do than build a new house,” P.E.D. reports. “It’s not clear what Laurene Powell, Jobs’ widow, plans to do with the property.”

Read more in the full article here.

Steve Jobs' Jackling House

MacDailyNews Take: We hope Laurene Powell Jobs follows through with Steve’s oft-delayed vision for home on the property.

We also hope that the insufferable busybodies who failed to preserve jack shit, but did deny a dying man his wish, hate it and that it stands for at least a thousand years.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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Demolition of Steve Jobs’ dilapidated Jackling House finally begins – February 15, 2011
Steve Jobs’ ‘dump’ of a house to be razed – February 8, 2011
Questions raised about blueprints for Steve Jobs’ house that surfaced earlier this week – September 30, 2010
Plans reveal Steve Jobs’ $8.45 million home to replace Jackling House – September 28, 2010
Opponents drop appeal of Steve Jobs’ permit to demolish his ‘dump’ of a house – August 19, 2010
Steve Jobs wins approval to apply for permit to demolish his ‘dump’ of a house – again – March 13, 2010
Potential Melbourne Apple store opposed by building preservationists – August 10, 2009
Town grants approval for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to tear-down ‘dump’ of a house – July 15, 2009
Apple CEO Steve Jobs inks deal to move his ‘dump’ of a house – July 13, 2009
Activists yet again stop Steve Jobs from demolishing his ‘dump’ of a house – June 10, 2009
Steve Jobs finally wins approval to demolish his ‘dump’ of a house – May 13, 2009
Apple CEO’s house teardown attorney: Steve Jobs not strong enough to attend late night meeting – April 29, 2009
Inside Steve Jobs’ ‘dump’ of a house – April 27, 2009
Apple CEO Steve Jobs to get another chance to demolish his ‘dump’ of a house – April 25, 2009
Court won’t hear case to tear down Steve Jobs’ house – April 30, 2007
Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives away Jackling House; structure to be relocated and restored – February 16, 2007
The saga continues: Steve Jobs loses appeal to demolish his ‘dump’ of a house – January 11, 2007
Steve Jobs patiently waits to tear down his 30-room Jackling House ‘abomination’ – February 27, 2006
Judge stops Apple, Pixar CEO Steve Jobs from demolishing historical house – January 04, 2006
Preservationists battle Apple CEO Steve Jobs over his ‘dump’ of a house – October 17, 2004


  1. Not P.E.D’s best work. There are other things to report/obsess about than this. This is no longer an Apple concern. This is not so much about SJ as it is about his family. Better to leave these kind of “idle” hit seeking pieces to the Register and the Sun etc. Just my opinion, but I found this to be a bit creepy, particularly calling around the neighbourhood realtors etc.

  2. If developers had their way, Grand Central Station would be gone and a glass tower with Trumps name on it would be in its place. Instead, we still have an amazing structure with the worlds best Apple store. Preservation has its place

        1. What about the developers that built Grand Central Terminal?
          First they had to tear down the previous version, which was built on a previous version….

          The question here is not about preservation (which obviously is a good thing…sometimes) but rather about the use of common sense in the application of preserving.

    1. The wisdom to know what to preserve and what to change is the key question. Just because something has bee around for a long time does not mean that it is worthy of being kept. Conservatives and conservationist both have a similar focus but the former is a much stronger force to hold back the progress of the world.

      There was no wisdom in keeping that ‘mansion’ around and it is sad that the conservation busy bodies ultimately won by stopping Steve’s other dream.

    2. Geez Pam, I’d call a new Apple store a “developed” property. It certainly doesn’t look like anything that the original architect designed. Doesn’t bother me but you smack of a bit of an elitist. Urbanist wannabe maybe? You should move to L.A. so you can run with the real urbanists. Failed architect ?

  3. For anyone interested in reflecting on the significance of the Jackling mansion and the irony in Steve Jobs tearing it down, should see the beginning of Timothy LeCain’s 2009 book Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet. Jackling was a brilliant engineer who reinvented the copper industry and, in turn, made possible the modern electronics industry.

    1. Don’t you find it ironic that you are advocating preserving a house of a guy who was against preserving the copper industry as it previously stood? He tore down the existing industry and made something better.

      I am not saying that nothing should be preserved, but let’s at least pick the items that are for the public good. I don’t think that the public would benefit anything from the preservation of the Jackling mansion.

  4. MDN spot on again, as usual.

    Every piece of crap building that manages to last a century isn’t necessarily a treasure. More often than not they are eyesores, and taking up space better used by a modern building, or parking lot.

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