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Steve Jobs wins 6-1 vote for demolition permit

Original post made on May 13, 2009

The Woodside Town Council, on a 6-1 vote Tuesday night, directed town staff to prepare a demolition permit that will allow Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs to tear down the 1920s-era Jackling mansion he owns on Mountain Home Road. Mr. Jobs said he plans to build a smaller and more modern home on the property.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 11:45 AM

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Here are pictures of the house on Flickr. Link came from

Web Link

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on May 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

First, one must see this decrepit "mansion" before getting stirred at the loss of this rather plain and not that exciting piece of architecture. It does not make one think 'history' for a fleeting second or bring a feeling of Spanish Colonialism and to restore it should be left entirely to those people who cannot wait to get landscape engineers, parking facilities built, for a place which would not be of much interest except those who want to plant large trees, put flower gardens and spends hundreds of thousands on just the amenities which go in making a just so so "mansion" live again.
There is a thriving part of this community who are so anxious to give the area some sort of "respectability" instead of just keeping it as a place where the rich can hide and still let it be known where they live. Mendacity.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

The Woodside town council could not have come to a better decision. If this really not good example of Spanish Colonial architect Peter Mason defended, I question his taste compared to some of the really great restorations in California.As close as Monterey.
The only place in the area is the church in Portola Valley to be declared a historical monument if only because of its rather amusing background and the fact that it was the first design of a 19 year old who was not an architect, and went on to accomplish some rather well known structures in San Francisco and the Bay Area.Pfluegger was his name and he was famous for his Top of the Mark bar,as well as Le Cirque in Fairmont Hotel, and the 450 Sutter Bldg. where true San Franciscans had memories of going there to see doctors and dentists growing up. I expect Mr. Jobs will hire a terrific designer for his house and look forward to seeing the outcome.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

The Web Link Joanna (above) posted is wonderful if you did not get an opportunity to go and take a peek for yourselves, as I did. I had NO idea Jobs was living there at the time and there was not a soul around nor any signs of life.
Still, these photos in many situations ARE staged or set up for a photo shoot. They are even lit to enhance the eerieness.
One photographer said "awesome" so many times in a sentence, it took seeing he was young and naive. To bring the entire battle down to where it should be in the annals of history employing the young man's awe.........It sucks.

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