In an effort to keep with Steve Jobs’ Campus 2 land reclamation plan, a nearly 100-year old barn will be saved from being demolished to stand surrounded by trees at one corner of the huge lot. This is a move that previously didn’t seem likely with Apple’s ambitious Campus 2 facility where the company emphasizing a futuristic design.

Jobs, who played an important role in the project dreamed of returning 80% of the concrete sprawl laid down by former Hewlett-Packard to green space instead. As part of the land reclamation initiative, Apple has decided to keep the historic Glendenning Barn intact as part of the build according to the folks over at the San Jose Mercury News. Former Mayor of Cupertino, Orrin Mahoney, had the following to say regarding the matter:

When they're finished, the land will look much more like it did 50 or 100 years ago than it looked five years ago. The barn fits into that.
The barn was named after the Glendenning family, whose patriarch settled the 160-acre plot in Santa Clara Valley in 1850. The barn dates back to 1916 and bore witness to Silicon Valley’s boom. The building stood as the lot transformed from an orchard into the foundation for modern business buildings which are owned by Varian Associates then HP and now Apple. According to the Cupertino Historical Society, Apple carefully dismantled the barn and numbered its many pieces for reconstruction after the company’s Campus 2 facilities are complete. Apple also ended up restoring redwood salvaged from a nearby grove to replace boards that may potentially be damaged during the reconstruction process.

The barn will be relocated to a spot which will be near Apple’s $74 million fitness center at the site’s northwest corner. In its new role at Apple, the old wood structure will serve as a storage facility for sports equipment, landscaping suppliers and other maintenance materials that are needed to help tend the grounds.

Source: San Jose Mercury News via AppleInsider