Almanac

News - April 14, 2010

Another Jackling house friend goes on the record

by Dave Boyce

Woodside's historic Jackling house, designed for copper baron Daniel C. Jackling in 1925 by architect George Washington Smith and slowly deteriorating due to a lack of maintenance, has friends who want to preserve it for posterity. Now, another has gone on the record with support.

The San Francisco-based western office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has sent a letter to the Town Council underscoring its support for a plan by Woodside residents Jason and Magalli Yoho to take the summer mansion apart and reconstruct it a couple of miles away.

The Trust considers the Yohos' idea "well thought out and professional," according to an April 7 letter to the council from Uphold Our Heritage, a preservation-minded group that has fought in court for years to save the house from destruction.

A bold plan, perhaps, but one that will go nowhere without the agreement of Jackling house owner and Apple Corp. chief executive Steve Jobs, and the relevant permits from the town. To date, the town has not received a plan from the Yohos asking for a permit to move the house, Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant said in an interview.

Mr. Jobs is free to apply for a demolition permit to replace the house with a modern family home now that a San Mateo County Superior Court judge has put an end to Uphold Our Heritage's years-long legal battle to stop him. Uphold can still appeal the judge's decision, Town Attorney Jean Savaree said.

Mr. Jobs' view is not known, but Uphold Our Heritage is trying to convince him via his "friendship" with former vice president Al Gore, according to a letter on Uphold's Web site.

The letter, at is.gd/bmgVB, details Uphold's efforts and urges Mr. Gore to discuss the matter with Mr. Jobs in hopes of "a more civic and creative result than demolition. We believe you could make a persuasive argument for pursuing a worthy and achievable alternative."

Among the letter's signers is Tim LeCain, author of "Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet," published in 2009, whose first chapter looks at Mr. Jackling's influence and his Woodside house, including a photograph.

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