Latta House and University Site
Historic Resources and Museum Program
- The Latta House and University Site
- Volunteer and staff work to save the remnants of the Latta House
- Archeological Survey at the Latta House and University Site
- Archeological Work at Latta House and University Site
- Grill at Latta House and University Site
Located in the historic Oberlin Neighborhood, this two acre site was home to the Reverend M.L. Latta House and University. The property comprises the remnant land area of Latta University founded in 1892 and the site of the former Latta residence. Unfortunately, the Latta House was destroyed by fire in 2007.
Site Features & Hours
The Latta House and University Site is not yet developed as a Park. The next phase of this project is the master plan, scheduled for 2016. Funding for the first phase of the master plan is tenatively scheduled for 2017.
In January 2009 an archeological survey began at the site of the former Reverend M.L. Latta House and University. The Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) worked with City Parks and Recreation staff and Environmental Services, Inc. to complete the archeological survey. On August 4, 2009, the Raleigh City Council accepted the archeological report as presented by the RHDC and the consultant.
The Raleigh Historic Development Commission administered the archeological survey for the City of Raleigh. The investigation was conducted to recover artifacts and data from the Latta House and accessory buildings, additional buildings related to the University, an old well located on the property, and other site features. A comprehensive analysis of the site yielded new information regarding the history and prior land-use of the University and residence. Based on findings, the consultant, Environmental Services, Inc., recommended that the site be redesignated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.
On July 6, 2010 City Council adopted an ordinance designating the Latta House and University Site as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.
This site is not available for rentals, at this time.
Events & Exhibits
Commemorative Sign Ribbon Cutting and Celebration
Location of the event: Latta House and University Site
Host: Latta House Foundation
Date: October 3rd
It's time to celebrate. Last month, seven youth in the community were chosen to make history by preserving it. They participated in the construction of an interpretive sign project at the landmark site of Latta University. Now we're ready to do our big reveal. Come join us at our ribbon cutting for an evening of tribute, vision, and live jazz on the lawn. Performances by Voronina McKinney & Ron Baxter Jazz. The free event is open to the public.
Interpretive Sign Donors: Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Progress Energy, University Park Homeowners Association, Latta House Foundation & Friends: Dr. Roscoe Brown, Doris Bodine, Naomi Mentor, Diane McDougal, Eric Phoenix, Judith Guest, Carolyn Cole, Carol Whittermore, James Mangrum.
In-Kind Donors of Goods and Services (Partial listing): NC State Park Scholars, Custom Brick, Phoenix & Associates, Brodie Contractors, Turner Masonry Co., Ready Mixed Concrete, Lowe's, Home Depot, Champ's Sports Bar, Tin Roof Teas, Stock Building Supply, Kelly Odom Flowers, Our State, Zoe's Kitchen.
Volunteers are always needed at our historic sites and museums. The opportunities are open to everyone and volunteers are an essential part of our success! If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer contact Troy Burton or view the volunteer information for the Historic Resources and Museum Program.
As a member you will help revitalize and preserve North Carolina's history. You will also enjoy cross program perks at the City of Raleigh Museum, The Raleigh Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Borden, Tucker, and Pope House Museum.
There are many perks:
- Free admission to select site and museum events
- Free admission for select tours
- Free admission to select lectures
- Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park
- Free admission to City of Raleigh Museum
- 10% gift shop discount at Mordecai and City Museum
- 10% discount on all site rentals
- The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter
The Latta House burned down in 2007. After the Latta House and University Site was deeded to the City of Raleigh in 2009, Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers collected what artifacts remained: bricks, columns, and other objects from the destroyed home. Some of the preserved bricks have fingerprint impressions- suggesting they were handmade. As part of the contract with the City, ESI recovered and recorded a number of artifacts. This collection is currently housed at Mordecai Historic Park.