Tudor Place is among the foremost Federal era mansions in the nation, designed by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol. The house's owner, Thomas Peter and his wife, Martha Parke Custis Peter had significant connections to the Washington, Custis, and Lee families. Thomas Peter served as the mayor of Georgetown from 1789-1798 and Martha Park Custis was the granddaughter of Martha Washington.
Construction of the house began circa 1794, was completed circa 1815 and was financed by inheritance from the President. Tudor Place is a highly rational and sophisticated example of early 19th century domestic architecture. The architectural composition is notable for its sculptural treatment of mass and void.
The house sits at the crest of a hill on a large estate with lawns and gardens. The house is exceptionally plain on the north elevation, but is in startling contrast the south elevation, overlooking Georgetown, which is a tour-de-force of Regency design in which a circular, domed, temple form intersects the rectangular mass of the central section of the composition. The main house has end pavilions connected by loggias, stuccoed brick facades with spare detail, and Tuscan columns. The building has an unusual floor plan but fine interior finishes.
Tudor Place has been virtually unaltered since it's original construction.
National Historic Landmark designation: December 19, 1960
DC designation: November 8, 1964
National Register listing: October 15, 1966