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Photo: Jackling house is no more

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The pile of splintered wooden framing under this demolition excavator symbolizes the fate of the Jackling house, a 1926 Woodside mansion built by a copper baron and the focus of a decade-long battle that pitted the rights of the homeowner (Apple's Steve Jobs) against the community's historical memory. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

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Posted by Comparison, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

They shoot horses, don't they?


Posted by really?, a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Feb 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Thank god, maybe we could talk about children or the poor or ANYTHING ELSE BUT THIS HOUSE!! How can so many people care about something that has nothing to do with ANY OF US??


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Really?:

yes, it's all about US isn't it?


Posted by June Curran, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

What a shame this once gorgeous historic treasure was allowed to be demolished. Poor Steve Jobs claimed he didn't know who George Washington Smith was. Jobs didn't know or care that G.W. Smith was one of the finest architects of the greatest Spanish Revival houses. There are terrific pictures of this house in the wonderful book "The Peninsula" and one can see that until Jobs purchased the house - it was in fine condition. Jobs stood by and allowed the house to fall into horrible condition. The pictures Jobs enjoyed displaying showed the house to be rat and rodent infested, and those pictures showed that some sort of filthy horder lived there. When Jobs bought the Jackling mansion in the 1980's he bought a gorgeous house in pristine condition. If the house fell into disrepair, who let this happen? And why? To garner sympathy and encourage the feeling that the house was beyond saving and should simply be torn down. What a shame. If Jobs didn't care about his beautiful George Washington Smith treasure, perhaps he would have done well to let it be sold to someone who would love and care for this prized home. Too late now. What a shame - a terrible shame.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Jane Curran stated: "If Jobs didn't care about his beautiful George Washington Smith treasure, perhaps he would have done well to let it be sold to someone who would love and care for this prized home. Too late now. What a shame - a terrible shame."

Ms. Curran: Mr. Jobs didn't offer TO SELL the home to "someone who would love and care for this prized home," as you asked. He offered TO GIVE IT AWAY FOR FREE.

In the end, there were no takers... not even you.


Posted by Ed, a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I'm pretty sure the Chutters ( not sure how to spell it) Anne and her husband offered to put it on Valley Road and to fix it all up--actually I thought there a few other takers as well.
The estate sale for the Jacklings in the early 1960's was killer.My moms best friend as a child got to travel everywhere with the Jackings as her father was the family's very private physician--Dr. Jellousen.
I remember my own dad bought my mom a funny platinum ring covered in diamonds with a funny prong clip also seriously bejeweled attached to it from that estate sale--the idea being that you could hold your cigarette and a drink in one hand while you held your purse and gloves in the other--my dad thought it was very funny. I was there 2 or 3 times times in the mid 90s--there was a lot of serious landscaping in enormous pots that never got planted--it went downhill pretty quickly--but places like that are really hard to keep up with unless you are already in love with the place--sad the house and Steve didn't find a better match for themselves. They both lost out.


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