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Heritage group may fight Jackling House relocation

updated 10:10 am EDT, Mon July 13, 2009

Heritage group v. Jobs

A California heritage group is continuing to object to plans to dispose of Jackling House, currently owned by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, writes Bloomberg. The executive recently forged a pact with investor Gordon Smythe, who has agreed to disassemble the historic mansion and move it to another location. The building was originally slated to be demolished by Jobs, as a part of plans to construct a newer and smaller home in its place.

The Woodside Town Council has in fact described the relocation idea as the "best preservation-oriented solution to emerge," newly suggesting that Smythe must only make a "good faith effort" to find a second site. Uphold Our Heritage has been engaged in a long fight with Jobs however, noting that Jackling House is one of the few surviving examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The group is now reviewing the relocation plan, which it says may not meet state environmental requirements. Court acceptance of an objection could delay the plan by months, or longer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Let them continue to object - and move the house anyway.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    out of touch

    This group is completely out of touch with normal values and whats important in the world.

    They want to preserve a non-green, utterly wasteful style of architecture as some kind of permanent monument to an example of an architecture that briefly copied another, earlier style of architecture, and do so on another person's dime.

    Good grief, its pure hubris, and nothing to do with the environment, but the opposite, any plans to save this monstrosity of a home, is an effort to prolong this environment destroying behemoth even longer.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i often have sympathy for preservation of heritage (including architecture) but these busybodies really need to butt out. This is verging on harassment.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Isn't this the time where 'someone' threatens Steve Jobs and then sets off a bomb at his 'residence', the Jackling house, thus destroying it beyond repair?

    Or, even better yet, vandalize it and spray paint a bunch of anti-Jobs pro-conservation messages, basically blaming them?

    Or start doing some construction on the site, then have a freak accident occur where a bulldozer mysteriously becomes a 'runaway' and starts ramming into everything in its path.

  1. safreder

    Joined: Dec 1969


    make it go away

    Why doesn't Job just place an ad for some one to turn the house into ashes if the Heritage Group keeps blocking his way? Then Job's can give the Heritage Group what's left of house in a large box and they can do what they want with it...... Problem solved!

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I volunteer...

    ... to torch the place and end the stupid nightmare!

    Seriously, Jobs has bent over backwards and spent who knows how much to placate those who objected to tearing the place down. Now there's a plan to move the place to another site and that's STILL not good enough.

    I'm all for historic preservation, but there's a point where it becomes harassment, like this. I LIVE in a landmarked building, so i know. It's ridiculous for them to NOW start demanding that the house stay put.

  1. DarkVader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jobs is wrong

    Steve Jobs should not have bought a historic property if he didn't want it. There is a responsibility that goes along with owning a piece of history, and Jobs' neglect of that responsibility is bordering on criminal.

    There really should be severe penalties for the attempted destruction of historic properties. It's time we get some historic preservation laws with real teeth in this country, Jobs should be doing time for what he's done to that house already.

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