National Register of Historic Places in Santa Clara County

National Register #78000777: Villa Mira Monte in Morgan Hill 2 October 2011
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National Register #78000777
Villa Mira Monte
AKA Morgan Hill House
17860 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill
Built 1846

Villa Mira Monte is a variant of the Victorian stick style built for Morgan Hill and his wife Diana. The house is located on a prime parcel of land between Monterey Road (formerly El Camino Real) and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.

The house embodies in a charming way the style and flavor of the period just prior to the Gay Nineties. It is a structure well integrated in location, design, setting, materials, craftsmanship and feeling. Neat yet spacious. Simple yet elegant. Like many first efforts, one of the best of its kind.

The house is singularly significant because few towns were christened with the full handle of their namesake, and in those towns so christened, not very many houses built by said namesake are still standing.

Was Morgan Hill a hero of some kind? No, he was quite an ordinary sort of man whose greatest claims to fame were his good luck in fortune-hunting (heiress Diana Murphy was his fortune), and his good luck in bearing an especially euphonious family name that made it easy to give the name Morgan Hill to the new railroad stop right in back of the Hills new country home.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination form submitted in the year 1978.

When we photographed Villa Mira Monte, it was home to the Morgan Hill Historical Society.

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