In the tradition of sixteenth-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, this 5,000 s.f. residence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana marries the grandeur of Roman temple forms with the comfortable intimacy of a lakeside villa. The portico’s tall columns and noble geometry create an imposing initial impression. But the protective embrace of rustic style wings flanking the forecourt, combined with the ochre-colored stucco and Roman-style red tile roof, creates an invitingly human-scale environment. On the rear, a second-story balcony and deep loggia face views of a natural oak allie leading to a bayou. While the overall form and exterior design of the house draws directly from Palladio’s country villas, the design of the grand salon and dining room within recalls the more highly embellished decoration of 17th-century urban Roman dwellings.