Nestled at the base of the second highest mountain in Virginia, the unincorporated com- munity of Whitetop lies at an elevation of 3700 feet. The isolation created by the high altitude and rugged topography has produced an unusu- ally cohesive and self reliant community. The Whitetop Community Center is an example of that self reliant spirit: a community sponsored facility for civic activities and services.
Whitetop has a long history of community groups and activities and a unique history of establishing facilities not normally found in such an isolated setting. The Community Center was designed and built to house those community functions.
Exterior materials of the building are appropriate for a distinctive mountain location. The entrance canopy and atrium are framed with heavy tim- bers. A dry stack stone wainscot extends from the foundation to the window sill elevation. Fiber cement siding, chosen for durability and appear- ance, completes the exterior in a board and bat- ten pattern.
The Whitetop Community Center building is fo- cused around the timber frame entrance and atrium. The hand mortised and pegged timbers greet visitors to both the front and the rear of the building. The atrium makes use of custom metal railings and dry stack stone that encloses the elevator Radiating out from the timber frame are two conventionally framed functional wings. One wing of the first floor houses a branch of the Grayson County Library. The other wing is an open multipurpose room with adjoining kitchen.
The ground floor of the building houses a fully staffed medical clinic on one wing with the re- mainder available for future uses.
The H.S. Williams Company provided all general construction services for the project.Whitetop, Virginia Community Center 12,800 square feet Hill Studio Roanoke, Virginia