In 1984, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs purchased Jackling House, a mansion that had been built for the copper magnate Daniel Cowan Jackling. Although Jobs had the building demolished last year prior to his death, it spent several years as a crumbling ruin of its former glory, a fading memorial to one of the great architects of the 20th century.

Jackling House was designed by the famed architect George Washington Smith, who was, among other things, credited with the Spanish-Colonial Revival style in the United States. Smith designed the home for Jackling, a metallurgist who went on to become an executive at the Utah Copper Company. Jobs lived in the mansion for ten years, and then rented it out until 2000, when he stopped maintaining the building. Despite a bitter battle with Uphold Our Heritage, who held the property out as a historic landmark, Jobs was eventually granted permission to bulldoze Jackling House, which he did last February.

Fortunately, before the house was completely destroyed, photographer Jonathan Haeber snapped pictures of the ruins, taking a last look at the executive's crumbling former home. You can read about the saga of Jackling House and see pictures of the final carnage at our sister blog Gizmodo. Or you can take a look at these images and contemplate what once was.

The Jackling House Showdown [Jonathan Haeber via WebUrbanist]