The garage where budding entrepreneurs Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard set up shop nearly 70 years ago has now been designated a national historic landmark, according to the company that now bears the pair's initials. Widely considered to be the birth of SIlicon Valley, the garage (along with the rest of the property) was snapped up by HP in 2000 to the tune of $1.7 million, and underwent an extensive restoration in 2004 -- apparently one of the steps necessary for it to gain landmark status. Those looking for a little inspiration still won't be able to walk up to the garage anytime they like, however, with HP saying that it'll continue to only open it up occasionally to visitors and special tours.

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Hewlett-Packard garage given national landmark status