Wednesday, January 4, 2006 (AP)
Judge tentatively blocks demolition of old mansion owned by Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer Inc., lost his bid to demolish a 17,000-square-foot Woodside mansion that preservationists call a historical treasure.
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled that the town improperly granted Jobs a demolition permit last year for "The Jackling House," which was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style for Utah Copper Co. magnate Daniel Jackling.
Jobs bought the house in 1984 but hasn't lived there for a decade, saying he wants to tear down the home and build a new, smaller unit on the property that would be more appropriate for his family.
They currently live in Palo Alto.
Preservationists cried foul and said the house should be protected. A group calling itself Uphold Our Heritage sued the city to stop the demolition.
Woodside officials said they were torn about the decision but couldn't force Jobs to fix the house, which had been vandalized and developed dry rot. Jobs had covered most of the windows with plywood.
But before the demolition could proceed, officials forced Jobs to try to give the home away to anyone who could afford the roughly $7.5 million needed to restore it.
About 100 people inquired about the freebie after it appeared on television and in newspaper articles, but a deal never materialized.
Jobs' attorney, Howard Ellman, said he will likely appeal the judge's decision.
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