The City Council voted 6-1 in favor of issuing a demolition permit to Jobs, partly because of the size of the house (17,300 square-feet); also because the city generally prefers smaller houses on larger lots, according to the Palo Alto Daily News. The only person who voted against the demolition was Mayor Peter Mason, who happens to be an architect who has done historic preservation work.
"It's an unfortunate thing that Mr. Jobs doesn't like the house," Mason reportedly said at the meeting. "It's really sad that we're going to continue to tear down historic resources in this town because they're old."
The house was built by California architect George Washington Smith in 1926 for mining magnate Daniel C. Jackling.