Glendale Development - Estate of Henry Morse Subdivision June 8, 1872

On the edges of the village, development occurred more slowly. The Estate of Henry Morse Subdivision was recorded on June 8, 1872 by his widow Sarah, after a lawsuit over inheritance. The subdivision mapped out 56 lots and three new streets, Morse, Lewis and Smith avenues. Only Morse Avenue was actually built, perpendicular to Sharon Avenue. Four large lots were reserved for family members -Lot 1, 3.44 acres, had Henry Morse’s Gothic Revival house at 400 East Sharon Road. There were two, 1-acre lots immediately to the north, one for Martha E. Morse, and the second for W. R. Morse. Lot 56, a 6-acre parcel at the east end of the subdivision, was reserved for Ella B. Graves in a life estate. The land in between was laid out in lots typically 50’ wide and 220’ deep, with a few exceptions; one that was 70’ wide and another 93.41’ wide.

Houses were built on East Sharon and both sides of Morse Avenue, but the interior of the property was not developed until the 1950s when Howard Ecker built Creekwood condominiums on it, using the right of way for Lewis Avenue as the driveway. Because the condos are clustered, most of the land remains open to this day.

400 East Sharon Avenue, Henry Morse’s House

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