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Jackling House

The Jackling house, c. 2007, with boards over its windows and doors

The Jackling House was a mansion in

  • Friends of the Jackling House
  • Historic Jackling House Photos
  • Jackling House: Interior photos (circa 2007)

External links

  1. ^ a b c Preservationists appeal court ruling letting Apple CEO Steve Jobs demolish mansion. San Jose Mercury News. April 29, 2010. accessed May 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Lee, Henry K. (February 15, 2011). "Steve Jobs' historic Woodside mansion is torn down". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ One Spanish Colonial Revival Architect Launched California Style." The Los Angeles Times. February 2, 2006.Herold, Ann.
  4. ^ Guide to the Daniel C. (Daniel Cowan) Jackling Papers, 1911-1956 Stanford University Library, Special Collections
  5. ^ a b Lee, Henry K. (February 15, 2011). "Steve Jobs' historic Woodside mansion is torn down". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Friends of the Jackling site access date:5/1/2010.
  7. ^ Bernstein-Wax, Jessica., May 13, 2009. Woodside council will allow Steve Jobs to demolish historic mansion
  8. ^ Boyce, Dave., June 24, 2009. Council reaches agreement on Jackling house: Steve Jobs granted conditional permit to tear down house built in 1925
  9. ^ Gullo, Karen., February 23, 2010. "Offer to Move Jobs Mansion Made by Couple in His Town"
  10. ^ Boyce, Dave. The Almanac, Feb. 24, 2010. Another lifeline for Woodside house owned by Steve Jobs
  11. ^ a b c Bernstein-Wax, Jessica (March 12, 2010). "Judge upholds Woodside's decision to let Steve Jobs demolish mansion". (San Jose Mercury News). Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Salvaging the Jackling Residence Pipe Organ". Friends of the Jackling Organ. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Photos: The Historic House Steve Jobs Demolished". Wired. February 17, 2011. 


The Woodside History Museum has an exhibit of furniture, maps, photographs etc. from the Jackling House. The museum is open to the public on Saturdays from 1:00–4:00 pm, and admission is free.[13]

Later in 2010, Judge Weiner upheld the council's decision. The pipe organ was removed in January 2011.[12] The entire residence was demolished in February 2011.[5] Nothing was built on the site, and Jobs died later that year on October 5, 2011, of pancreatic cancer. As of 2013, legal status of the parcel was unknown.

Final decision and demolition

On April 29, 2010, "Uphold Our Heritage" appealed the March court decision. The appeal put an "automatic stay" on the issuance of demolition permits.[11] The group hoped that the house could be relocated and restored.[11]

On March 8, 2010, Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner upheld the Woodside Town Council's 2009 decision that allowed Jobs to tear down his house. If an appeal was not filed before Jobs obtained a demolition permit, then demolition could proceed. The demolition permit process typically took "the better part of a couple of months", according to Woodside Town Manager Susan George.[11]

In 2008, Jobs submitted a renewed permit application with updated estimates. The Woodside Town Council granted the permit a year later, in May 2009,[7] with the condition that Jobs must allow the house to be disassembled and moved elsewhere.[8] In February 2010, Magalli and Jason Yoho offered to move the mansion to their five-acre lot in Woodside.[9][10] Magalli Yoho reported in March that the house resembled a Spanish Colonial Revival mansion she lived in as a child in Ica, Peru. She said, "This house is just a good house for our family."[1]

In January 2006, Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner agreed with "Uphold Our Heritage" and held that Jobs could not tear the house down. Jobs appealed to the State Court of Appeals and in January 2007, that Court unanimously confirmed the lower court ruling. Jobs' attorney asked for an appeal but in April 2007, the Supreme Court of California refused to hear the appeal.

Interim decisions

Local preservationists created a new group, "Uphold Our Heritage" (UOH), dedicated to saving the historic residence. They sued the town and Jobs, claiming that both had ignored provisions of California law which prohibit cultural landmarks from being destroyed if there are reasonable, feasible ways to preserve them. They also contended that the initial environmental impact report did not demonstrate that preserving the house would cost more than replacing it. "In addition, the town failed to demonstrate that demolishing the mansion would provide an 'overriding benefit' to the public, as required by state law," group attorney Doug Carstens has said.[1] "The issue before you is not to preserve and rehabilitate a work of marginal importance; it is to assure the protection and survival of a work of great significance", said the California Department of Parks and Recreation's State Historical Resources Commission chairperson Anthea Hartig, PhD.[6]

In 1984 Steve Jobs purchased the Jackling House and estate, and resided there for a decade. After that, he leased it out for several years until 2000 when he stopped maintaining the house, allowing exposure to the weather to degrade it. In 2004, Jobs received permission from the town of Woodside to demolish the house in order to build a smaller contemporary styled one.[5]


Preservation issues

[4] Daniel Jackling was a

The Jackling House designer, Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style which was popular in the US in that era and continuing to the present day, especially in California and the Southwest. Based in Montecito, Smith helped create Santa Barbara's unified city planning and architectural aesthetic and many significant residences in the area in the 1920s.[3]



  • History 1
  • Preservation issues 2
    • Background 2.1
    • Interim decisions 2.2
  • Final decision and demolition 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

[2] demolished it in 2011, after a protracted court battle, in order to build a smaller home, which was never constructed.Steve Jobs Although considered a historic home, its final owner [1]

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