Award-winning journalist Marimar McNaughton has written about the architecture of coastal North Carolina for more than 30 years. She is the author of two books, including Outer Banks Architecture: An Anthology of Outposts, Lodges, and Cottages.
A few things have changed in Manteo since the 1920s, when a boatbuilder constructed his house, piece by piece, using a Sears kit. Croatan Cottage now welcomes guests to recall a simpler time, when plans for a dream home came from a catalog.
Not your average beach house: From the clean lines of a flat-top cottage in Southern Shores to the extravagant opulence of an Art Nouveau icon in Corolla, landmark architecture defines our coastal villages — and chapters of our history.