The original owner of the Tudor Place property had built two structures on the property: One, the home; the other, the stables.
When the Peters engaged William Thornton, he designed a grand home between the two structures with the original buildings serving as wings to the new home. The center front of the Tudor Place mansion recalls a circular temple with massive columns supporting a domed roof introducing you into the neoclassical house.
Once inside, you experience a continuation of the exterior semi-circular wall inside the reception area. Tall sliding windows within that semi-circle allow you to step from the temple portico inside the home.