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GENTLEMAN'S FARM. Nostalgic effort to commune with nature. From approximately 1880 to 1930 the Gentleman's Farm Movement in the United States offered some Americans the opportunity to return to the idyllic country life prior to the Industrial Revolution. Gentleman's or hobby farms allowed their owners to work in the city while living in the country. Although the primary focus was not on making money, owners did spend considerable amounts of time and expense on such activities as crop cultivation and animal breeding. Building and landscape architects were hired to create beautiful estate designs.

FOUR MOUNDS along Peru Road in Dubuque was a gentleman's farm. Lawrence Buck, a well-known Chicago architect, designed the Grey House in 1908. A. Phelps Wyman planned the grounds with necessary roads, out-buildings, and plantings.