By Outer Banks Voice on January 14, 2022
The Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Tour owner network has announced the list of cottages that will be open at this year’s tour to be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The fifth such tour of these historic flat tops in the Town of Southern Shores, proceeds will again benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. $10 tickets (2 for$15) will be available on the day of the tour from 1 PM – 5 PM. Tickets will be sold beginning at 1 PM at 156 Wax Myrtle Trail and at the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 13 Skyline Road. Tickets cover admission to all 11+ homes on the tour.
The list of cottages whose owners will open them for the tour are:
Owners invite you to join us for an afternoon of open houses as you tour these historic cottages that once dominated the town’s architectural landscape. We are proud to offer homes of varying sizes, locations, styles, and finishes for a self-guided open house tour. Approximately 25 examples of this original architectural style still remain as flat tops in Southern Shores, of which 11+ will be featured on the tour. The attached photo is of the Price cottages on the oceanfront at 176 Ocean Boulevard.
Frank Stick, (1884-1966), beloved Outer Banks artist and developer, obtained an option on the land that is now Southern Shores, and supervised the platting of lots, the installation of roads, and the design and erection of the first flat top cottages. These now quaint architectural houses were reminiscent of the cottages he had seen in Florida, and were of cement block construction, with wide overhanging soffits, propped up shutters, and flat tar and gravel roofs.
Information is also available at the Facebook page for Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottages. https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Shores-Historic-Flat-Top-Cottages-421136131314749