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After nearly a six years of detailed cost comparisons, environmental impact surveys, court appeals, and unrelenting legal kung fu with state and local preservationists, it appears the 1920s Woodside mansion Jobs bought in 1984 will finally have its date with the bulldozers.
In its place, the Apple CEO plans to erect a brand new $8.45 million single family home. And what might a man who’s described design as “the fundamental soul of a human-made creation” do when given the chance to build a new residence? Exactly what you’d expect?and also kind of not.
But first, some history. The house that currently occupies Steve’s lot, the (now dilapidated) Spanish Colonial Revival home designed for copper baron Daniel Jackling, contains 30 rooms, 14 bedrooms and 13 1/2 bathrooms. Jobs initially purchased the mansion back in 1984, lived in it for about 10 years, and then intermittently rented it out. It’s been vacant for almost a decade. Back in 2004, the Woodside Town Council first approved Jobs’ application for a demolition permit, but agreed with the preservationist group Save Our Heritage that the building was a historic resource. What’s followed has been a fierce legal battle between an unsentimental future-oriented tech CEO and a group focused only on the past. It hasn’t been pretty.