The Abilene community would have taken a much different shape had it not been for the influence of C. L. Brown. Known as an industrialist, utilities magnate, financier, philanthropist, and organizing genius, Brown was responsible for the formation of the public utilities in Abilene which mushroomed into vast companies serving half the nation.
In addition to his varied business interests, he lived a philosophy of wanting to see people enjoy his wealth. This was the basis for the building of the Brown Memorial Home for the Aged, Brown Memorial Park, a children's home, and a residence club for working girls. The Home for the Aged and the park have been sustained through the years by the Brown Memorial Foundation.
Part of Brown's plan to see people enjoy his wealth is this area of distinctive Spanish style homes built by Brown in the late 1920's for members of his family and several employees and their families. These homes surround the C.L. Brown home where Brown and his family lived modestly by Brown's creed: To furnish assistance to the worthy, to make possible for everyone's enjoyment in life, and to help others to help themselves.