America had its own battle with “shabby Chic”. Since our independence, the old world began to wane and America’s influence grew; and with it came the struggle to express the rise and importance of our new nation and its beliefs in an architectural expression- one that represented a new and lasting view of human dignity in self-rule. Men like Jefferson once more looked back to the Greeks and Romans to bring meaning to our new democracy- the Great Experiment. America’s great painters like Thomas Cole painted grand paintings of the Acadian state, the Consummation and the Destruction of an Empire- a vision for America’s development and decline as a society. L’ Enfant laid plans for a great capital among the swamps of the Potomac…