SF Rec and Parks Hosts Historic Windmill Construction Event
SF Rec and Parks Places the 64 ton Refurbished Dome On Top of SF’s Historic Dutch Windmill
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with San Francisco Parks Trust, Campaign to Save Golden Gate Park Windmills, and Dutch Consul-General Bart van Bolhuis, hosted a historic windmill construction event today. The department placed the 64 ton refurbished dome on top of San Francisco’s Samuel Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park. The Murphy Windmill is 210th of City’s landmark, and largest of its kind and together with the Dutch Windmill, both are known as the “SF Giants” in the Netherlands. The Murphy Windmill’s structure is 95 feet tall, and the sail stocks reach 114 feet from end to end.
“Today’s windmill capping event is a historic milestone for SF Rec and Parks and rest of the City.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We thank our project team, windmills advocates, and the Netherlands government for their support, this project has come together because of this special public-private partnership.”
This project was first discussed back in 1993 with RPD and SF Beautify then the department engaged with the Dutch windmill designer, Lucas Verbij to discuss possible repairs. In 2002, the cap was removed and shipped back to Holland where Lucas Verbij who is the 4th generation windmill expect began repairs on the cap.
Golden Gate Park’s first superintendent, John McLaren was a strong proponent for the windmills despite the general opinion that fresh water could not possibly be located so close to the ocean. He finally pursued the Commission to build the windmills. The windmill pumped approximately 150 million gallon daily to strawberry reservoir. Murphy Windmill was designed and constructed between 1905 and 1907. Project slowed due to 1906 earthquake. In 1935, the Windmills were relieved of service with new water distribution was put in place.
Today, with its historic status, though the public will not be able to enter the windmill but can enjoy the structure from the exterior and they will be able to look through the windows and door to see the interior space. The total project budget on windmill is $4,980, 740, and the funding comes from State and local grants as well as gifts from community philanthropists. The expected completion date is summer, 2012.