A man’s dream, built with a bankroll from a successful career in corporate law, Samuel Untermyer built his vision of paradise: A sprawling garden on the Hudson River in imperial Roman style. At its height, the exceptionally manicured Beaux-Arts garden employed an army of gardeners to tame mother nature and bring forth one man’s vision of beauty. This public good proved too much for a poor municipality to afford once Untermyer passed. The gardens fell into disrepair and mother nature worked on reclaiming what was hers. In the wake is something akin to Rome on the Hudson, ruins of a once powerful vision that have been left to weather and rust with time.