It's official: Raleigh's Latta House is a historic landmark.
The City Council made that approval at its meeting Tuesday. The historic designation was recommended by the city's Historic District Commission in June.
The property, located at 1001 Parker Street, comprises the remnant land area of Latta University and is the site of the former residence of Rev. M.L. Latta. The university was an African-American coeducational institution founded in 1892 by Rev. M.L. Latta, a freed slave and teacher, to educate underprivileged and orphan children in Raleigh’s African-American community. The Latta House was destroyed by fire in 2007.
It originally was designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark in 1993. The designation was based on the architectural and historical significance of the house. The site is a unique remnant of a significant period of African-American education in Raleigh. The university also played an important role in the historic Oberlin community.