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Final Projects

In the last few years of his life, Brown worked on plans for an adobe home, which he designed for property he purchased in Lompoc, north of Santa Barbara. The Lompoc Cebeda Canyon project was not realized. All that’s known about this project is derived from the single, hard-line drawing, several books on adobe construction, and the tract of land he purchased in Lompoc, where the house was presumably to be built.

In 1996 he was at work on a visionary architectural/horticultural landscape that  he intended to create on land behind his parents’ home at 1224 Glenn Street, Opelika, Alabama. The design is a bird’s-eye view of the United States, with plants representing different regions and cities (Nantucket topiary, the World Trade Center and Chrysler Building, the Sears Tower), and water and rocks representing major geographical features (the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the Rocky Mountains).

His first drawing featured a primitive Alabama cabin. His final design featured an 1870s Greek Revival cottage with a 1920s addition, located on a street in Opelika, that  Brown planned to purchase and move to the site.

The design reflects the powerful aesthetic and philosophical influence of two artists, Joseph Yoakum and Aldo Piacenza, that Brown especially admired.


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