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The project logo Latta House & University Site Master Plan

The Project Team and Citizen Planning Committee are working on a park design that addresses the issues and recommendations of the Latta House & University Site Situation Assessment. This involved gathering the community's feedback during subsequent public meetings and online input so that the end result is a Master Plan the community and the City of Raleigh can embrace.

Thanks to everyone who participated during our

Plan Development & Public Input Process!


Below are the results of each stage of the process.




We are now going to begin the approval process for the Latta House & University Site draft Master Plan.

The project team will present the plan to the Historic Resources and Museum Advisory Board on November 20thfor review.

The board will then take action whether to recommend the plan to City Council at their January 22nd meeting.

If the plan gets recommended, then the project team will present the plan to City Council on March 3rd.


Since the site is a Raleigh Historic Landmark, the Master Plan requires a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC).

The project team will be presenting the Master Plan to the RHDC on November 19th.

The project team will then present the Master Plan to the RHDC’s Design Review Advisory Committee on November 25th.

The project team will then apply for the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) in December and go before the COA Committee on January 23rd.  


The public is welcome to attend any or all of these meetings.

Plan Development & Public Input Stage

The plan development & public input process ran from April through October. 


General Public Input was gathered in April, 

Design Options were presented in June, 

Draft Master Plan Options were reviewed during August,

and a Final Draft Master Plan & Priority Phasing was open for feedback in October.


Below are the results from each stage of the plan development & public input process.

Project Timeline

Situation Assessment

Plan Development Process

Board & Council Master Plan Review

Situation Assessment

City Council approved the 


Latta House & University Site

Situation Assessment


on February 5th, 2019.


Please click here

to download the document.

Please feel free to comment on the Situation Assessment here or email us at

Project Background

Reverend Latta was born into enslavement at Fishdam, a Cameron family plantation near the Neuse River approximately 25 miles north of Raleigh, yet persevered to support his twelve brothers and sisters and become one of Shaw University’s first graduates.

Reverend Morgan London Latta founded Latta Univeristy in 1892. Latta University at its height was home to 26 buildings and 1400 students, including orphaned children of formerly enslaved people. The university operated for thirty years.

The Latta House was the residence of Reverend Morgan London Latta and his family. It was the last remaining historical landmark of the original 26 structures that comprised Latta University. 

In January 2009 an archaeological 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 archaeological survey. On August 4, 2009, the Raleigh City Council accepted the archaeological report as presented by the RHDC and the consultant.

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 reinstated 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.

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