Charles Copeland Morse House

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Charles Copeland Morse House
Charles Copeland Morse Mansion.jpg
Location Santa Clara, California
Coordinates 37°21′7.45″N 121°56′43.82″W / 37.3520694°N 121.9455056°W / 37.3520694; -121.9455056Coordinates: 37°21′7.45″N 121°56′43.82″W / 37.3520694°N 121.9455056°W / 37.3520694; -121.9455056
Built 1892
Architectural style Queen AnneVictorian
NRHP Reference # 77000347 [1]
CHISL # 904[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1977
Designated CHISL 1976

The Charles Copeland Morse House was the home of Charles Copeland Morse, founder of the Ferry-Morse Seed Company. It is located in Santa Clara, California, and is a California Historical Landmark (#904), as well as listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This house is a classic Queen Anne Victorian. Rising three stories over a raised basement, the twin gables, witches' hat turret, decorative shingles, trims and stained glass windows all contribute to the grand effect. The entry is distinguished by an ornate front porch. Inside the mansion are rich wood molding, stained glass windows and chandeliers. A unique chandelier is found in the old dining room. This brass fixture came from the family of the founder of the Bank of America, Amadeo Giannini. About 1975, Caroline and Vaughn Nixon bought the house and restored the ornate mansion to its original grandeur.

The Morse Mansion, located at 981 Fremont St., presently houses a sorority of Santa Clara University and is not open to the public.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Charles Copeland Morse Residence". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Park Service.

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