A decade-old battle has finally come to an end this week, resulting in tech guru Steve Jobs landing in even lower esteem within some preservation and restoration communities. You might recall that last fall, the Apple CEO finally won his court battle over the home he had purchased back in 1984, located in Woodside, California. Jobs had originally purchased the property with the intent of demolishing the house, constructed in 1925 and designed by George Washington Smith. Preservationists stepped in once he had started making plans to have it razed and their legal actions held up the plans (very heavily over the past six years), until the aforementioned decision was made by a judge this past September which gave Jobs the go-ahead. This week a wrecking ball brought the house down, and it’s suspected that the tear down is well underway. Friends of the Jackling House, also known as Uphold Our Heritage, the group who had fought Jobs for all those years, with help from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, issued a very somber series of statements on their site upon learning the news, highlighting in bullet points their distaste for the man and his actions. “Jobs does demolition because brains, billions and some Buddhism don’t buy wisdom or even basic respect for others,” reads one of their notes. Once the original house is completely removed, it’s believed that Jobs will construct an $8.45 million dollar home in its place, designed by the same firm who designed Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York and has a history of building in the neighborhood, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
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