The Morse Mansion
Santa Clara, California
The gem of Santa Clara, located at 981 Fremont St., is the 5,500-square
-foot, Morse Mansion. It was built in 1892 for Charles Copeland Morse, founder
of the Morse Seed Company. The House "that seeds built" is a beautiful Victorian,
Queen Anne building with faceted glass windows, lovely doors, woodwork,
fireplaces, a turret, a full basement, and a glassed-in porch.
Morse was a house painter who decided to return to farming. In 1877, he and
a Methodist minister pooled their money to buy a seed-growing enterprise.
Then known as Morse & Co., it started in Santa Clara, expanded to Sunnyvale,
Gilroy, the San Juan Bautista area and kept growing. It became the
Ferry-Morse Seed Co. and it led the world in flower and vegetable seed
In about 1975, Caroline and Vaughn Nixon bought the house and raised money to
restore the building to its original grandeur. In 1978, it was named State
Historical Landmark No. 904. The Nixons sold the house in 1981.
The Morse Mansion still stands proudly in Santa Clara amid dozens of homes
from earlier eras. Many of the houses are still residences; the Morse Mansion
is now attorneys' offices.
Inside The Morse Mansion
Original Ornate Fireplace In Living Room
Upstairs-Hardwood Banisters & Balisters
Inside Front Door Looking Out
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