At 1900, Gilded Age money, industry, media, global travel and politics were changing how Americans lived and thought. Progressive ideals of the Beautiful & the Ugly, the Good & the Bad, of home and nature evolved to guide a transition from Thomas Jefferson's farmland past to TR's city-building present.

Sam Watters, through houses and gardens, paints/talks/writes about the period's dynamic of private greed and public good, relevant in our millennial Re-Gilded Age.