Blast From The Past – Floor Plan Of Apple’s Original Bandley 1 Headquarters

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Back in 1978, an upstart young company named Apple Computer moved into their new headquarters at 10260 Bandley Drive, Cupertino CA. Known soon after as Bandley 1, one of Apple’s first employees, Chris Espinosa, sketched out a floormap of the offices and labs in the new building. A copy of this document was recently found and posted on his website, Posterous.

According to Chris, the drawing was made on January 30, 1978. He notes:

The building had four quadrants: Marketing/Admin, Engineering, Manufacturing, and a large empty space that we did not know what to do with when we moved in. That’s why it’s labeled “Tennis courts?” Needless to say that within two months it was our warehouse, and within six we had leased a building across the street and the one next door to expand into.

The “Advent” room was a demo space containing a $3000 projection TV they used to impress VIPs. According to a comment on the original posting, Steve Jobs had his own office because nobody wanted to share an office with him, and Mike Markkula had his own because he occasionally smoked cigarettes while at work.

I wonder how many Bandley 1-sized spaces would fit in Apple’s new mothership campus planned for Cupertino? Chris has provided a high res PDF copy of the floor plan available for downloading.

Apple Mothership HQ

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  • Shaun

    It would be nice if somewhere in that mothership was an Apple archive/museum to house and display all these kind of things for future generations.

  • Steve

    It looks like Bandley 1 (lower left corner of this Google© map) would fit inside the Corporate Auditorium (shown side-by-side inside blue oval below the mothership).

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Adam RosenAdam Rosen is an Apple certified IT consultant specializing in Macintosh systems new and old. He lives in Boston with two cats and too many possessions. In addition to membership in the Cult of Mac, Adam has written for Low End Mac and is curator of the Vintage Mac Museum. He also enjoys a good libation.

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