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Former Jackling home focus of exhibit

Editor's note: Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, had long planned to build a home at this site. He also made many efforts to find a new location for the Jackling house.

By Barbara Wood

Special to the Almanac

The former home of copper baron Daniel C. Jackling may have been demolished, but in Woodside it is not forgotten. A new exhibit at the Woodside Community Museum is devoted to Mr. Jackling and the home.

"Days of Grandeur: The Jacklings and their Woodside Estate" can be seen starting Saturday, Oct. 8, during the Day of the Horse Events in Woodside (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), and on following Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 2961 Woodside Road.

Featuring architectural details salvaged from the home, the exhibit attempts to show visitors how the Jacklings lived as well as inform them about the home's architect, George Washington Smith, the copper industry in which Jackling made his fortune, and the opulent manner in which he spent it.

The home was demolished by the owner, the late Apple Computer co-founder and Palo Alto resident Steve Jobs, earlier this year after a lengthy legal battle with historic preservationists who attempted to stop the demolition or have the home moved to another location. Mr. Jobs died Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Mr. Jobs agreed to let the town and other interested history groups salvage items from the home including the 50-foot flagpole, which will be installed in front of the museum, its copper mailbox, roof tiles, woodwork, fireplace mantles, light fixtures and moldings. Many of those items are part of the exhibit.

While the museum is tiny, the exhibit tries to give a feeling of what some of the rooms in the Jackling house felt like, using items such as the living room chandelier, stair banisters, wall tiles and the servant's call box along with photos and drawings. Reproductions of some of the artworks owned by the Jacklings, and copies of his meticulous records of items he owned, are on display.

Mr. Jackling was born in Missouri in 1869 and raised by relatives from the age of 2 after his parents were killed in a fire. As a young engineer, Mr. Jackling developed a way to extract copper from low-grade ore, which allowed the copper industry to supply the copper needed to string electric wiring across the county.

Mr. Jackling formed the Utah Copper Company in 1903, and within 10 years was successful enough to purchase his first yacht, the Cyprus. The 231-foot yacht, which he later extended to 267-feet, accommodated 30 guests in addition to a crew of 48.

The Utah Copper Company eventually became part of the Kennecott Copper Company.

Mr. Jackling's first wife, Jeanne Sullivan, died in 1914. Their only child had lived just a year.

In 1915, Mr. Jackling moved to San Francisco, where he leased the entire top floor of the St. Francis Hotel. He married San Francisco socialite Virginia Joliff that year. In 1922, the Jacklings purchased just less than 194 acres in Woodside and hired architect George Washington Smith to design what Virginia Jackling described in a letter to Mr. Smith as "a simple farm house."

Mr. Smith had earlier designed a home in Pebble Beach for Maud and Arthur Vincent, daughter and son-in-law of Filoli owners William and Agnes Bourne, who the Jacklings knew socially.

Construction of the Jackling's 17,000-square-foot, 14-bedroom Spanish-revival-style home was completed in 1926. Among the amenities was a pipe organ that could be played manually or by using music rolls. The original organ, with 19 sets of pipes, was expanded to a 71-pipe organ in 1938, with an addition to the house constructed to contain it. The Jackling organ is now owned by the Friends of the Jackling Organ, whose members plan to restore and preserve it.

The home had thick stucco walls that mimicked adobe, a red tile roof, custom-made wrought iron lighting fixtures and railings, and was built around a courtyard. It was furnished with treasures the Jacklings had collected in extensive travels around the world.

Virginia Jackling was one of the founders of the Woodside Trails Club in 1923. In 1928, a meeting was held in the Jacklings home to discuss the incorporation of Woodside, which did not take place until 1956.

Mr. Jackling retired in 1942, and died in Woodside in 1956. Virginia Jackling died a year later.

The home was sold in 1958 and the land surrounding it subdivided. It had three other owners before it was purchased by Steve Jobs in 1984, with the listed price of $3.5 million.

The exhibit was designed by history committee members Cutty Smith and Gretchen Tenenbaum, and consultants Jeanne Thivierge and Stephanie Scheafer. Artifacts for the exhibit were loaned by Sonja Davidow, the Jobs Estate,

Virginia Andersen (a great-niece of the Jacklings who still lives in Woodside), and Dr. John Felstiner, who had once lived in the home.

Copies of the new book on Woodside's history, "Images of America: Woodside," will be available for purchase at the Day of the Horse. The book tells the story of the town in photos and was a project headed by Thalia Lubin, Bob Dougherty and the Woodside History Committee. It will sell for $21.99 with a portion of the sales price going to the museum.

Barbara Wood is a freelance writer, photographer and gardener from Woodside, and a former member of the Woodside History Committee.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

DO YOU HAVE ANY RECENT PHOTOS OF THE HOUSE WHEN STEVER JOBS BUILT IT?
THE HOUSE WAS CONSIDERED ONE OF FAMED ARCHITECT JACKLING'S WORST EFFORTS AND WAS IN A DELAPIDATED STATE WHE JOBS BOUGHT IT.
TO ALL OF YOU WHO BEND AND TWIST THE TRUTH, I HOPE YOUR INTEREST IN THIS NON SUBJECT DURING THE WEEK OF JOBS' DEATH GETS ANY RESPECT.
IT BELONGS TO THOSE SOCIETIES WHO EXIST FOR THEMSELVES DURING THESE HARD TIMES WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE LOSING JOBS, AND THE ECONOMY FAILING AND THIS IS NOT A PAGE ONE ISSUE WITH 90 YEAR OLD ARCHITECTUAL PHOTOS.


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Posted by R. GORDON
a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

As for contributor, Barbara Woods "special assignment" on the Jackling House, let it be known that the majority of the mansions of any quality are mostly in Montecito, CA. and are palaces compared to this delapidated mess which is an insult to Steve not (STEVER) Jobs.

An unfortunated book is coming out about the Peninsula THEN AND NOW which tells some very telling and not attractive stories by former well bred and not noveau citizens of the entire San Mateo County.
It is a CHINATOWN of sorts and makes examples of people much like Otis Chandler and wife got outed.


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Posted by About the organ
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

"The original organ, with 19 sets of pipes, was expanded to a 71-pipe organ in 1938"

This makes no sense. The rebuilt organ had over 3000 pipes. It might have had 71 'stops' after the rebuild but I don't think it had 71 'ranks' of pipes.

Whether or not the house was worth saving the organ represented the finest residence organ installation in northern California, if not the entire state. While there were many impressive installations east of the Mississippi there were very few in the west. The damage due to neglect was significant. Pipes taken as souvenirs, the roll collection stolen, the console was set afire, leaking roofs, its just all very sad.


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