John C. Morrill House, at 897 Jackson
The John C. Morrill House, formerly known as "The Briar Rose Inn", until recently a
bed-and-breakfast establishment at the corner of N. 19th and Jackson Streets,
was built in 1875 by Cornelius J. Harrison. According to the Winter
edition of the Northside newsletter, "Harrison was heavily involved
with the Farmer's National Bank and the horse drawn trolley system, which
was San Jose's first form of public transportation. He also was on the
welcoming committee when President (Ulysses S.) Grant toured California."
The John C. Morrill House was once part of Harrison's thriving walnut orchard. The
house next door was the carriage house, and the house on the corner of 18th
and Jackson was the servants' quarters," Northside reported. "The
garden cottage was originally the pump house that pumped the water for the
The Inn is decorated with period Victorian antiques, along with Bradbury
and Bradbury period reproduction wallpaper. The Inn has six bedrooms, including
the garden cottage. Formal tea is served in the afternoon, cookies and sherry
are served in the evening by the fire, and a full breakfast is served in
the solarium overlooking the heart-shaped pond. "There is also a wrap-around
porch, wonderful for romantic, quiet summer evenings," the Northside
newsletter rhapsodized. "As you walk through the rooms you feel transported
back in time as you look at the old ornate fireplace mantles, the beautifully
redone mirrors, and the comfortable antique beds you just want to climb
into. Every corner of the house has something beautiful to look at, whether
it be an old clock or vase, or a dried flower swag draping over a hutch."
John C. Morrill House's gardens boasts eighty roses and seasonal flowers, a gazebo,
the afore-mentioned pond, and several arbors, and can accommodate weddings
for up to 175 guests.
The John C. Morrill House building is located at 895 Jackson Street. The property
was purchased by a private owner in 2004 and is no longer operating as
a Bed and Breakfast.
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