September 23, 2013
Childhood Home Of Late Steve Jobs May Become Historical Landmark
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In 1968 a young Steven Paul Jobs, then in seventh grade, moved to the home with his adopted parents Paul and Clara Jobs. Eight years later Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak began building the first Apple 1 computers in the garage and started what’s considered by many as a revolution in computing.
The Los Altos Historical Commission will present a proposal at a hearing tonight to grant the home historical status. Should the proposal pass, the house will be required to remain exactly as it is now for years into the future.
"Steve Jobs is considered a genius who blended technology and creativity to invent and market a product which dramatically changed six industries -- personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing," reads the Historical Commissions evaluation of the property, written by commissioner Sapna Marfatia. "His influence is expected to be felt by multiple generations forthcoming."
The commission will hold a public hearing about the proposal tonight at the Community Meeting Chambers at Los Altos City Hall to determine the home’s historical status. The commission has been working to approve the home for historical status for the past two years and, if passed, the home must be preserved as it currently stands. Should the commission decide to add the home to the historical register, a public hearing will follow. The city council can only address the issue if the proposal is appealed at the public hearing.
This home isn’t vacant, of course. Jobs’ stepmother, Marilyn, still lives in the three-bedroom, two-bath house.
In an interview with SFBay, she said hundreds of Apple fans still stop by the house every week to take pictures and pay homage to their hero who passed away nearly two years ago from pancreatic cancer. The home was also painted to its original yellow earlier this summer as the biopic about Jobs’ life, starring Ashton Kutcher, was shot.
Though he cannot physically take part in any of Apple’s newest products, including the so-far wildly popular iPhone 5C and 5S, Jobs still manages to make headlines.
Just last week a long-lost time capsule containing a mouse from one of the very first Lisa computers was uncovered in Aspen, Colorado on the grounds of the Aspen Music Festival. The time capsule was buried in 1983 as a part of the International Design Conference in Aspen and meant to be unearthed 13 years ago in 2000. The name of that year’s conference, “The Future Is Not What It Used to Be,” aimed to draw attention to the fleeting nature of style and design. Also included in the capsule were several publications of the time, several name tags of those attending the conference, and a six-pack of beer.
As noted by SFBay, the plan to preserve Jobs’ home is interesting considering the man’s refusal to hold onto anything old. For many years, Jobs fought historical commissions to destroy an old mansion he once lived in because he felt it was an eyesore.