An inside look at the dilapidated mansion Apple's CEO hopes to tear down and replace, if the town of Woodside, Calif.--and preservationists--let him.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is once again pursuing plans to demolish this dilapidated 17,000-square-foot 14-bedroom home in Woodside, Calif., to make room for a smaller, modern home on the same land.
And historic preservationists are once again opposing his plans, arguing the 1925 Spanish Colonial revival-style home built for copper mining magnate Daniel Jackling should be renovated or moved to another location.
On the heels of a marathon meeting Tuesday night on the matter before the Woodside Town Council, we offer these shots taken at the existing home in 2006 by "urban explorer" Jonathan Haeber. Haeber said he walked onto the grounds through an open gate. After taking a few exterior shots, he found broken windows and doors left wide open, he said.
Click to the last few slides for maps and more background on the demolition controversy with the town.
The home was designed by George Washington Smith, a leading architect in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the report says.
Here's the aerial view of the home. The address is 460 Mountain Home Road.
On the table before the council Tuesday was a permit to demolish the Jackling House, which Jobs bought in 1984 and hasn't lived in for a decade. The council approved the request in 2004, but was sued over the decision by a group called Uphold Our Heritage, which argued the environmental impact report the council used to justify its approval didn't show substantial evidence that restoration alternatives were cost-prohibitive. A trial court ruled in favor of the preservationists and an appeals court confirmed that decision in 2007, according to a town of Woodside staff report (PDF).
This time around, Jobs' permit includes detailed cost estimates that show it would cost $8.2 million to build Jobs' new 6,000-square-foot house, compared with $13.3 million to renovate the existing house.
Here's a map of the sleepy town of Woodside, situated in the foothills between the city of Palo Alto and Skyline Boulevard, which runs through the Santa Cruz Mountains.
No decision was made at the town council meeting Tuesday night, which ended just before midnight. The matter, including the public hearing, was continued to May 12, when the council is expected to make a decision on the demolition permit, at least informally, said Woodside Town Manager Susan George.