HOLLAND, Mich. — (May 2, 2014) After two hundred and fifty-three years of weathering the wear and tear of being a working mill the Windmill at Windmill Island in Holland got a much-needed face lift. The project was started last fall and lasted 11 weeks ending shortly before Thanksgiving but the Island remained closed for winter and maintenance until re-opening a few weeks ago.
The project was not only to improve the cosmetic appearance to the outside of the mill but also to improve some structural issues that developed over the years. The project saw a new cap complete with brand new copper shingles and cedar siding.
Engineers from Holland who specialize in Windmill renovation came to Michigan to team up with local contractors. When the project got started it became clear to the workers that the only way to honor the tradition and craftsmanship of the original builders was to use traditional tools rather than our modern power tools.
The Windmill at Windmill Island is open to the public for tours from 9AM to 7PM. For more information visit their web-site: http://www.cityofholland.com/windmillislandgardens