Windsor Mill

Windsor rehab

Year Listed: 2002
County: Weld County
Construction Date: 1899
Threat When Listed: Natural Elements/Fire
Status: IN PROGRESS
 
 
 Prominently located in the Town of Windsor and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the four-story Windsor Mill was constructed in 1899 and used as a flour and feed mill until 1990. The building is a fine architectural representation of the progression from wooden mill structures to brick, tile, and steel materials in the field of agriculture. 

The Windsor Mill was placed on the 2002 Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List since funding was badly needed for work to be completed.  The building was struck by a tornado in 2008 after a previous owner had invested over $500,000 to stabilize and re-use the mill.  CPI had participated in that effort.  The building was then sold in 2015 and new ownership had invested over $3 million in an ambitious rehabilitation and adaptive re-use project when the building was nearly destroyed by an early morning fire in August, 2017.  The cause of the fire was determined to be arson.  The Town of Windsor had previously offered up to $3 million in incentives to rehabilitate the Mill.  These funds are still available but plans for rebuilding are contingent on whether the building is determined to be structurally sound by engineers.

Windsor Fire

Additional Links:

2013 Article on Tornado Damage

Windsor Mill Facebook Page

Windsor Mill Blog

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