Originally Posted by Lord Amhran
I don't mean to sound snarky or anything but generally when I think of a "Historic Place" I think of places like Gettysburg, Lexington&Concord, Washington's Birthplace etc.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's pretty cool and all, it's generally just not something I would think of as "Historic" as of yet.
Yes, but if you don't preserve it now, it won't be available to be preserved 100 years from now.
If Steve only lived in this house through high school, how can this be the house where the Apple I was built? Steve was 21 when the Apple I was released. He couldn't have been in high school.
I have mixed feelings about this one. The house itself doesn't seem to have any architectural merit. If this isn't the house where the Apple I was created, what significance does it have?
If anything is to be saved, it should be the garage used when the Steves created the Apple I, even if it's just the interior re-created in a museum somewhere. But if it's already been changed, I don't really think the garage needs to be preserved - I think a sign recognizing the location would be more than enough. After all, the specific house where it happened doesn't really matter (although I think it matters that it happened in Cupertino). What matters is what happened and how it happened and the result. It might actually make more sense to preserve (if it's still possible) where the Homebrew Computing Club took place.
I don't know the specific preservation laws in California. I know that in New York, it's extremely rare for anything to be declared a landmark based only on history and not on architecture. And even for architecture, landmarking the exterior is much easier than landmarking the interior. You can generally only do it if you have the owner's support, which is unlikely in this case.
But I agree with the poster who wrote that Steve wouldn't have wanted this. It's been documented that he claimed not to care about the past. But I do have to wonder whether he would have changed his mind had he lived longer. I think that as we age, nostalgia creeps in. While I've done some culling, I have a hard time getting rid of samples of the products I've produced over the years, especially the ones that came in packaging.