An official Path Through History Site! The Latimer House is a tribute to Lewis H Latimer, the inventor of the carbon filament and a contributor to the invention of the light bulb. The African American inventor lived here from 1903 until his death in 1928. Threatened with demolition, the house was moved in 1988. Latimer was a skilled draftsman who worked with Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, and Thomas Edison. As Edison's chief draftsmen, Latimer invented the carbon filament, a key advancement in the development of incandescent light bulbs. Through exhibitions and programs, Latimer`s life and contributions are celebrated here.