The Coxe-Arrington House is an impressive c.1908 two-story Colonial Revival home that embodies the early 20th-century grandeur of Red Springs, described in 1911 as "The Town of Handsome Houses," known for its mineral springs and cultural amenities such as Flora McDonald College. The house was designed by noted Charlotte architect James M. McMichael who incorporated a mixture of classical features providing an air of elegance and sophistication.
An expansive front porch supported by classical columns wraps around three sides of the house. An arch with keystone extends above the front steps. The ornate front entry is surmounted by a leaded-glass fanlight that leads into a vestibule with decorative hexagonal-tile floor, paneled woodwork and dentil molding along the cornice. The same decorative woodwork carries into the large entry hall with dentil molded coped ceiling cornice highlighted by an archway supported by Corinthian pilasters that frame the staircase.
The highlights of the interior are the frescoed ceilings in both front parlors. These exquisitely detailed ceilings include vibrant floral motifs surrounded by soft pastels with gilt finish and bordered by Classical garlands. Other features throughout the spacious first floor include original light fixtures, wood floors, lovely fireplace mantels and overmantels with curved pilasters and tiled surrounds, pocket doors, heavily molded door and window surrounds, a large kitchen area with butlers pantry, utility room, at least 1 bedroom (there is a second room that could serve as an additional bedroom or as a study/den), and bathrooms with early fixtures.
The second floor has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sitting room, transom windows over the bedroom doors, and an ornate door onto the front balcony. An arched, molded doorway with keystone leads to the back stairway into the kitchen.
Shaded by mature trees the large lot extends the depth of the block. Outbuildings include a small wood frame building, garden pergola and carport.
The Coxe-Arrington House will require a complete rehabilitation including new roof, repair to woodwork and plaster caused by roof leaks, porch repair, heating and air conditioning service, and cosmetic upgrades to bathrooms and kitchen.