Steve Jobs’ Childhood Home Gets Official Historical Site Designation

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The Los Altos family home that Steve Jobs grew up in has now been designated as a site of historical significance, thanks to the seven-member Los Altos Historical Commission  that unanimously approved a recent historic property evaluation on the home.

Steve Jobs and his foster parents moved into the house on 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, California, when he was in 7th grade and continued to live there though his high school days. The decision to mark the house as a historical site gives the single-story, ranch house protection from builders seeking to demolish it, although Steve Jobs step-mom, Marilyn Jobs, still  lives there, so good luck getting her out anytime soon.

Regarding the reasons for why the Jobs house is worthy of being historicized, the property evaluation cited the following:

“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. His influence is expected to be felt by multiple generations forthcoming.”

The proposed historic site contains the garage that Steve and Woz used to build their first 50 Apple I computers that were sold at a nearby Byte Shop in Mountain View. After nine months of toiling the garage, Steve and Woz officially established Apple Computers Inc in 1977 in nearby Cupertino.

The Los Altos house was already a big tourist stop for Apple fans looking for a glimpse into Apple’s past. The city plans to place a plaque at the house as well as preserve it so that it looks just as it did in the 1970’s.

  • gfriesz

    Earlier this month, I made my first visit back to CA after moving to Texas…and this was one of the first things I wanted to see. It’s rather awe-inspiring to stand in front of that house and know what happened in that garage. If any place is worthy of the “historical” designation, its this property.

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