Historic status sought for Steve Jobs’ childhood home
There may soon be a new place of worship for the Apple faithful.
On Monday, members of the Los Altos Historical Commission will discuss a proposal that would turn the childhood home of the late Steve Jobs into a protected historical site.
The garage of this ranch style house at 2066 Crist Drive is where Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak crafted the first 50 Apple 1 computers back in 1976.
Yup, the same Apple 1’s now auctioning off for upwards of $671,400.
According to Commissioner Sapna Marfatia, the innovation that happened on the single-story property makes it historically significant:
“Steve Jobs in considered a genius who blended technology and creativity to invent and market a product which dramatically changed six industries […] His influence is expected to be felt by multiple generations forthcoming.”
Preservation of the home, which Jobs and his foster family moved to in 1968, has been in discussion for the past two years.
Marilyn Jobs, Steve’s stepmother, still lives in the 1,794 square-feet, three bedroom, two bathroom home. If the property is added to the city’s historic resources inventory, it will have to stand in its current state.
According to Marilyn, a couple hundred Apple fans stop by the house to take photos every week. And just this summer, the home was restored to its original pale yellow exterior for the filming of Jobs, the Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher.
Funny enough, the Apple co-founder was never one for nostalgia.
Jobs fought a controversial years-long battle to destroy his own Woodside mansion, an 86-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival home deemed a historical building.