Steve Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos becomes protected historic site

In September we reported that the childhood home of Steve Jobs could soon become a protected historic site and today MercuryNews reports that the Los Altos Historical Commission has voted unanimously to place the location on the city’s list of historic properties. Now that the property located at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos in California is officially considered an “historic resource”, the commission and city council will now have to review any requests to renovate or modify the property in the future.

The humble home where Silicon Valley tech titan Steve Jobs built some of his first computers and co-founded Apple was added to a list of historic Los Altos properties Monday night… The vote is the culmination of a two-year effort by the commission to preserve the one-story, ranch-style home as it stands. Chairman Frank Bishop praised the work of his colleagues and city staff, which included extensive research and a property evaluation.

The decision to preserve the property as an historic site was of course due to Jobs’ connection with the location. The house was Jobs’ childhood home since the seventh grade and its garage later became the location where Jobs, Steve Wozniak and other early employees would build the first Apple computers before officially forming the company in 1977.

The report notes that the Los Altos Historical Commission didn’t need the permission of the current owner, Steve Jobs’ sister Patricia Jobs, but that she could appeal the decision. NBC says that Marilyn Jobs, Steve Jobs’ stepmother, still lives in the home. 

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“These significant events took place at the subject property,” Commissioner Sapna Marfatia wrote in the evaluation.

“Steve Jobs is considered a genius who blended technology and creativity to invent and market a product which dramatically changed many industries. His influence is expected to be felt by multiple generations forthcoming.”

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  1. rlowhit - 9 years ago

    Funny that Jobs fought much of his life to tear down a historic site that he owned only to have his own childhood home turned into a historic site.

  2. ronie678 - 9 years ago

    I live across the street from this house!


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