Rev. M.L. Latta House

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Rev. M.L. Latta House
Rev. M.L. Latta House is located in North Carolina
Rev. M.L. Latta House
Rev. M.L. Latta House is located in the United States
Rev. M.L. Latta House
Location1001 Parker St., Raleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates35°47′52.89″N 78°39′47.1″W / 35.7980250°N 78.663083°W / 35.7980250; -78.663083Coordinates: 35°47′52.89″N 78°39′47.1″W / 35.7980250°N 78.663083°W / 35.7980250; -78.663083
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Architectural styleQueen Anne, Colonial Revival
MPSOberlin, North Carolina MPS
NRHP reference No.02000502[1]
Added to NRHPMay 16, 2002

The Rev. M.L. Latta House was a historic home located in the Oberlin neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was the last remaining building from Latta University, a trade school for African Americans that operated from 1892 until 1920.[2] The house was named after Morgan London Latta, a freedman and former slave who graduated from Shaw University after the Civil War. It was built about 1905, and was a substantial, two-story Queen Anne style residence with a Tuscan order wraparound porch.[3] He founded Latta University to educate freedmen and orphans in Raleigh's African-American community and built the campus next to his house.[4] His house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, and designated a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

On January 8, 2007, a fire destroyed the house, leaving only the manmade brick foundation.[5][6] Before the fire, plans had been made by The Latta House Foundation to adapt the house as a cultural center.[7] After the fire, the property owner gave the land to the city of Raleigh for use as a park.[8]


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "African American History". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  3. ^ Sherry Joines Wyatt (November 2001). "Rev. M.L. Latta House" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  4. ^ Wallace, Kamal (1998-06-29). "Remnant of Raleigh's Past to Benefit From Today's Music". The News & Observer. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  5. ^ Lamb, Amanda (2007-01-08). "Fire Ravages Historic Latta House". WRAL-TV. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  6. ^ McDonald, Thomasi (2007-01-07). "Fire Destroys Latta House". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on January 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  7. ^ "Fire Destroys Latta House". WTVD. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  8. ^ Locke, Mandy (2008-03-09). "Progress Eats Into History". The News & Observer. Retrieved 2008-03-29.[dead link]

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