February 22, 2005
After several years of tireless effort
by preservationists to save the historic Daniel C. Jackling
Estate in Woodside, California, its fate is now in the hands
of owner, Apple and Pixar CEO, Steve Jobs. In December, the
Woodside Town Council voted 4-3 to uphold the planning commissions
earlier decision to allow the 1920s estate to be demolished,
despite appeals made by residents and business owners of this
upscale Northern California town.
The only thing that could save the neglected Spanish Colonial
Revival home from the wrecking ball would be a preservationist
hero someone willing and able to remove the structure
from the site. Interested persons have until June 2005 to
express their intentions to Jobs and the Town Council.
Architectural Historian, Michael Corbett has mixed feelings
about the ill-fated estate. The house is not public,
it cant be seen, says Corbett, who evaluated the
property in 2001. Im not sure what the role of
historic preservation [should be] here. But on the other hand,
it seems like such a waste to just throw it away.