Demolition of his Spanish colonial folly began Monday and is expected to last two weeks



The 14-bedroom mansion Steve Jobs purchased in 1984 but never really liked has been “essentially flattened,” an unnamed source told
The Almanac
.

Quoting town officials, the local news service reports that demolition began Monday and should be wrapped up by the end of February.

The 17,250-square-foot Spanish colonial hacienda was designed by George Washington Smith for Daniel C. Jackling, self-made millionaire (copper) and San Francisco society-page headliner who filled his home with expensive artwork and traveled the world by private railroad car and custom-built yacht.

Apple’s AAPL CEO camped out in the unfurnished house for several years before moving to a more modest house in Palo Alto. He’s been trying to tear it down since 2001 but was blocked by preservationists — until this week.

Jobs plans to build a smaller home on the six-acre property more to his exacting taste.

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