An Art & Architecture Exhibition Featuring The Iconic Outer Banks Cottages. In November, The Dare County Arts Council Courtroom Gallery will celebrate the history of flat top cottages on the Outer Banks. The exhibit will showcase measured drawings and floor plans of the original flat tops along with interpretive media by local and regional artists that feature these historical homes. Today, the 31 remaining original flat tops are an architectural reminder of a quieter and simpler time on the Outer Banks. Their distinctive design represents a unique modernist solution to specific design conditions.