Apple will be saving a nearly 100-year-old barn from demolition on its new Campus 2 grounds. The reclamation is all part of late co-founder Steve Jobs’ plan to return much of the new project to green space.
As part of the land reclamation initiative, Apple has decided to keep the historic Glendenning Barn intact as part of the build, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
“When they’re finished, the land will look much more like it did 50 or 100 years ago than it looked five years ago,” said former Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney. “The barn fits into that.”
The Glendenning family first settled the 160-acre plot in Santa Clara Valley 1850. The barn itself dates back to 1916. The building bore witness as the lots transformed from an orchard into a complex of modern business buildings, first under Varian Associates, then HP, and now Apple.
Apple has carefully dismantled the barn, numbering the pieces for reassembly once Campus 2 is complete. The company has also salvaged redwood from a nearby grove to be used in case any boards require replacement during the rebuilding process.
The barn will be relocated to Campus 2’s northwest corner, near the complex’s $74 million fitness center. The structure will serve as a storage facility for equipment and supplies needed to tend the grounds.