MORGAN COURT – ONE OF CARMEL’S HIDDEN COURTYARDS
I walk by Morgan Court in the morning on my way to get coffee and the newspaper.
It is on Lincoln between 7th and 8th streets. Although not as large as some other courtyards, it is my favorite.
Something about its character suggests I will see Charles Dickens popping out of a doorway. Maybe the fact it is narrow and has a half-timbered building at the end.
No matter what time of day I walk by ,the light is lovely here filtering between the buildings. But the morning light is my favorite.
The shops in this court have hired an excellent gardener to tend the plants. The pots are colorful and cleverly arranged to make the most of the limited space.
Many are hung on the walls as well as being placed in pots on the cobbles.
The benches add a welcome touch and I often see people resting on them while they consult a map.
The gardener is doing her morning work of watering and checking on her plants.
I tell her how much I love this court and she says it is always a pleasure to hear that.
I go to the far end to admire my favorite pot – the Lion Head.
His “mane” is usually something grassy .
Today his mane looks especially healthy. She laughs and tell me it because it is “fake”.
He is deteriorating and she has searched in vain for a replacement. So she is trying to protect him.
I love the lights in this court
and the way the plantings change with the seasons.
At Christmas last year, the court was trimmed with stands of small white lights.
I try to figure out how this court got its name and read that the artist, Mary DeNeale Morgan, moved to Carmel in 1910 and bought the studio-home of Sydney Yard ( a landscape painter) on Lincoln near Seventh. Aha, Ms. Morgan’s home was here.
Before the permanent move, she rented or tent camped in Carmel. The bohemian atmosphere here offered a refuge from the Victorian constraints placed on women in the cities. Once settled, she rarely left the area . When she died in 1948 , there was an unfinished painting on her easel, possibly one she had started at Point Lobos only four days earlier.
So it is fitting that one of the shops in the court is Avalon Gallery.
On Lincoln between Ocean Ave & 7th, in Morgan Court
Phone: (831) 622-0830
Specializes in the tradition of fine print making and original works by contemporary artists. They are the exclusive U.S. representative of G.H. Rothe and an authorized dealer of Michael Parkes’ stone lithographs and Mikio Watanabe’s mezzotints. Open Wed – Mon from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Paintings, Fine Prints, Watercolors, Modern, Surreal, Fantasy, Graphics
The other businesses in the Court are Profiles Hair Studio,
David Lyng Real Estate,
and Kush Day Spa.
As I read about this spa, I realize I am missing out on a great spot for a massage. The spa was created by massage therapist John Jertberg and the reviewers on the internet rave about him. I am adding that to my “to do” list.
One last glance back …. and I am on my way for coffee.