Leesburg celebrates re-opening of Mote-Morris House

Leesburg celebrates re-opening of Mote-Morris House

For immediate release:  May 21,  2021
Contact:  Office of the City Manager
                      352-728-9786 ext. 1100

Leesburg celebrates
re-opening of the Mote-Morris House

           LEESBURG, Fla – The City of Leesburg will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Mote-Morris House on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10:00am. The Mote-Morris House is located at 1195 W. Magnolia St, Leesburg.Mote-Morris House News Release photo

          One of only a few original remaining residences in Leesburg, Mote-Morris suffered severe fire damage in February, 2018. With its Victorian architecture, two-story bays and four-story turret, this home had only minor modifications in its 102 years. However, the fire caused a considerable amount of structural and cosmetic damage to the building. With the assistance of KMF Architects and Evergreen Construction, the City of Leesburg has restored the Mote-Morris House back to its original charm.

          The Mote-Morris House, built in 1892 for eight-term Leesburg Mayor Edward H. Mote and his wife Lucretia, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 1918, the home was sold to John S. and May James Morris and a member of the Morris family would live in the house for the next 70 years. In August of 1988, the Morrison United Methodist Church purchased the house and offered it to whoever would move it. Residents of Leesburg rallied together and raised $95,000.00 for a new site. On September 1, 1990, the Mote-Morris House was moved to its current location from its original Main Street address. More than 400 people turned out to watch as the 150-ton house was transported one block south and two blocks west.

          For more information, contact the City of Leesburg Recreation Department at (352) 728-9885.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 23,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.