C.C. Coddington's business prospered, paralleling the growth of the city itself. Ironically, it was the streetcar, not the automobile, that first made it possible for society's well- to- do move to new communities known as suburbs.
In 1917, Coddington hired London- born architect William Peeps to design his home to be located on an ample corner lot at East Morehead Street and Berkeley Avenue in the heart of the suburb known as Dilworth. Peep's commission was to design a residence patterned after Mrs. Coddington's family home in Pennsylvania and to that end, he fashioned the gracious and stately clapboard mansion and grounds that stand today. Built-in 1917, the story of the Inn actually begins in the year 1907 when a Northerner, Charles Campbell Coddington, was granted exclusive rights to distribute Buick automobile in the Carolinas.
As the story goes, Coddington was driving from New Jersey to Charlotte in the first Buick south of the Mason- Dixon Line, when he happened to stop at a local drug store in Greensboro, North Carolina. There he laid eyes on the eighteen- year- old Marjorie Lyon, herself a native of western Pennsylvania.
It is said that Coddington was so taken with the young beauty that he puts his business on hold until he could meet her. Their courtship blossomed and Marjorie and Charles were married the next year. After their marriage, the Coddington moved to Charlotte in 1908.