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  • A journal of the Lake Christopher Homes Association

    November – December 2015

    www.lakechristopherhomes.comLake Christopher Board of Directors

    and Committee Chairs

    Elias Logothetis…………………President

    Paul Flanagan..………….. Vice President

    Karen Cagni……...……………. Treasurer

    John Capomaggi…………..……Secretary

    Dick Chipchak……………… Maintenance

    Linda Hayes…………...…….......Directory

    Lana Ponsonby……….…………… Social

    Ken Hardy………………..……….Projects

    Sharon White………...………. Landscape

    Neighborhood Watch

    John Capomaggi………………Newsletter

    Jenny Pfeiffer……...…….Park Attendants

    Steve Rogovich……………....Architecture

    Association Manager

    Marty Becker - The Select Group

    2224 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite 201,

    Virginia Beach, VA 23454

    Phone: 486-6000 FAX: 486-6988


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    In this unusually large issue:

    • Santa’s coming! • Adult Block Party! • Garden Club News • They’re called Fins!

    … and much more!


    Decorations Judging

    December 15-18

  • The year that is drawing towards its close, has been

    filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful

    skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly

    enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from

    which they come, others have been added, which are of

    so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to

    penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually

    insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty

    God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude

    and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign

    States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace

    has been preserved with all nations, order has been

    maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed,

    and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the

    theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been

    greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies

    of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of

    strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the

    national defence, have not arrested the plough, the

    shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of

    our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal

    as of the precious metals, have yielded even more

    abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily

    increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been

    made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and

    the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented

    strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance

    of years with large increase of freedom. No human

    counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked

    out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the

    Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for

    our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has

    seemed to me fit and proper that they should be

    solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as

    with one heart and one voice by the whole American

    People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every

    part of the United States, and also those who are at sea

    and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set

    apart and observe the last Thursday of November next,

    as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent

    Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend

    to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due

    to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings,

    they do also, with humble penitence for our national

    perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender

    care all those who have become widows, orphans,

    mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in

    which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently

    implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal

    the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as

    may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full

    enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and

    caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

    Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of

    October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight

    hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of

    the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln

    Washington, D.C.

    October 3, 1863

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation

  • Thanks go out to the Lake Christopher Garden Club for inviting Santa to come

    visit before Christmas.

    Your Lake Christopher park pass is your admission

    * children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian ** rain date Sunday, Dec. 13th

  • They’re Called “Fins”

    1728 Lake Christopher Drive under construction in 1978. Note the fins on each side of the windows, and the garage.

    Designed in the early 1970’s, Lake Christopher’s architecture was truly unique in Hampton Roads! Rural at the time, the area’s architecture consisted mostly of farm houses and colonial inspired brick homes and ranches. As development in the area continued, the colonial style prevailed and continues to dominate the area today.

    Sometimes called “brown town” because of the original earth tones and rustic wood textures, or “Brady Bunch houses” because of their “groovy” style, Lake Christopher’s modern designs stood out as a clear departure from the norm in Virginia Beach. Featuring sunken living rooms, sweeping roof lines, and breezeways, Lake Christopher represented 1970’s California contemporary.

    An architectural feature common to most Lake Christopher designs are vertical wall protrusions that, along with a slight roof extension, frame garage door openings

    and some windows. These non-structural vertical exterior protrusions are called “fins”.

    Over the years many houses have changed. New siding materials are available, some breezeways are now enclosed, and sunken living rooms raised. With all this change, the fins remain! Many remodels and additions have been so true to the architectural style of the house (including fins) that you can’t tell they weren’t built that way from the beginning.

    Over the garage addition at 1584 Lake Christopher Drive . An example where the integration of architectural details, such as fins, make the home appear as though it was built that way from the beginning. Front Elevation courtesy of The Beach Architect, Thad A. Broom, AIA, Architects and Designers, PC, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462, tel: 757.618.1125

  • The view from the Brookfield Drive entrance to Christopher Woods Park on November 8th, 2015. Viewed from here, it looks like a modern day Stonehenge is being built.

    Close-up of one of the concrete columns. Viewed from Lynnhaven looking into the park towards Brigadoon Lake #7.

    Sound wall construction in progress. View from inside Christopher Woods, looking south towards Stewart Drive.

    After months of under- ground utility work near the park, visible above ground headway on the Lynnhaven Parkway extension reached Lake Christopher this month.

    Sound wall construction progressed along Lynnhaven Parkway to Christopher Woods Park. Concrete columns have been set, and the space between will soon be fitted with concrete panels.

    Construction Progress @ Christopher Woods

  • The Block Party for Grown-ups was a success! Approximately 70 residents attended during the event, and a good time was had by all.

    Thanks go out to Lana and the Social Committee for all their hard work!

  • “Darn this contemporary architecture!”

    Greg, did you hear something on the roof?

    Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!

    Alice, is that you?

    Jan, what was that noise?

  • Garden Club

    The Garden Club will select the next Yard of the