Steve Jobs’s childhood home in Los Altos, California, was designated a landmark by the the Los Altos Historical Commission on Monday, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The home currently belongs to Jobs’s sister, Patricia Jobs, for whom the decree is both an honor and an inconvenience; she’ll now have to get any renovations to the house approved by the Commission. Much like Apple’s clunky early computers bear little resemblance to the company’s sleek present wares, the single-story home is a far cry from Norman Foster’s intergalactic-looking redesign of the current Apple campus in nearby Cupertino.
In a set of exhaustive documents submitted to the Commission, city planning officials explain that the house at 2066 Crist Drive is historically significant because Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak manufactured the first 50 units of Apple 1, the company’s first computer, in the attached garage during the mid-1970s. Furthermore, Jobs courted Apple’s initial investors at the residence, signing the company’s first partnership at the home in 1976. Nine months later, the company relocated to its current headquarters in Cupertino, built a few computers, designed a couple of interfaces, and developed some smug ad campaigns. The rest, as they say, is history, or rather, “historically significant.”
— Anna Kats
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