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Steve Jobs' childhood home named a 'historic resource'


A few weeks ago we reported that Steve Jobs' childhood home was poised to become a historical site, pending an evaluation by the Los Altos Historical Commission.

Now comes word via the San Jose Mercury News that the vote was unanimous and that Jobs' childhood home has now been designated a "historic resource." This by no means turns the house into something like a museum, but rather makes any effort to renovate or otherwise change the property subject to commission approval.

The vote is the culmination of a two-year effort by the commission to preserve the one-story, ranch-style home as it stands. Chairman Frank Bishop praised the work of his colleagues and city staff, which included extensive research and a property evaluation.

"The documentation looks very complete -- better than some of the books as far as accuracy goes," Bishop said.

The designation will add another layer of review if renovations to the home are ever sought. The commission would be able to make a recommendation to the city council about any proposed changes.

Over the past few years, Jobs' childhood home has become something of a tourist attraction for hardcore Apple fans hoping to soak in a piece of Apple history. The house, of course, is attached to the famed garage where Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first Apple I computers.

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