Photos Prove Steve Jobs is Negligent Landlord

Apple CEO let mansion fall to ruin in effort to get it torn down

By Jackson West
|  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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Photos Prove Steve Jobs is Negligent Landlord

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Historical preservationist look to spike Steve's blood pressure.

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Flush with money after the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, Apple CEO Steve Jobs purchased a huge, historic Woodside mansion. And now he wants to tear it to the ground.

The spanish colonial edifice was designed by George Washington Smith for copper-baron Daniel C. Jackling.

The Woodside city council will decide today whether or not Jobs can go forward with his plans to demolish the building and replace it with something smaller.

The iMansion Mini, anyone? Anyone?

Jobs moved out over a decade ago after calling the building an "abomination." Since then, he's wantonly let it decay.

Photos from inside the building show massive damage to the interiors, including a grand old pipe organ under a leaky roof and covered in debris.

Jobs once even offered to give the building away to anyone willing to move it off the site.

Considering the condition it's in, it's not surprising there weren't any takers.

Jackson West wonders what Jobs was thinking when he bought the thing in the first place.

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