Built by Thomas E. B. Pegues between 1859 and 1861, the house, boasting the Italianate style, is a testament to the architectural talents of designer Calvert Vaux. After surviving the crossfires of the Civil War, the home was sold multiple times throughout the years. Today, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and thanks to the efforts of the current homeowners the house and seven acres of land is under the protection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Built of red brick with white Italianate trim and black shutters, the
house has an irregular plan. Porches on the east (front) and north
provide shaded, open, outdoor rooms. The front entrance is deeply
recessed and opens into a reception hall connecting through great double
sliding doors to the stair hall at the rear. To the right are double
parlors; through the rear parlor one can enter a small library. To the left is the dining room with a small conservatory at the south end.A sequence of pantries and halls leads to the kitchen in a one-story wing.
There is one bedroom on the first floor rear and five on the second floor
The dominant effect of the interiors is one of spaciousness and solidity.
Vaux'details areas well ordered as the overall scheme. Vaux was both
architect and landscape architect. Appropriately, the 7-acre site is
developed with picturesque curves defining lawns and plantings.