National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County
The Morse House is associated with one of Point Arena's founding families. It house shows that leading citizens of Point Arena did not require pretentious dwellings.
Dr. J. G. Morse arrived in Point Arena in 1858. His son Le Grand followed a year later. Le Grand Morse had a career of increasing prominence, beginning as a teacher and store clerk, moving into the sales of drugs and general merchandise, and finally becoming a lawyer and state legislator.
His career ended on a sad note when he was arrested and imprisoned for accidentally poisoning his mother in 1898. (He was trying to murder his brother.)
The house itself is a curious example of residential building in the 187Os. The construction materials all date from that era, but the irregularly shaped U-plan appears as if the elements of the building were somehow pieced together after construction.
Excerpted from the NRHP nomination.