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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACTS: Robin Dekker, Executive Director
    Little Chute Windmill, Inc.
    P.O. Box 182, 127 E. Main St.
    Little Chute, WI 54140
    920-788-2629 / yourwindmill@sbcglobal.net
    www.littlechutewindmill.org


    DESIGN FOR LITTLE CHUTE WINDMILL AND VAN ASTEN VISITOR CENTER FINALIZED

    LITTLE CHUTE, WI (July 22, 2009) – Little Chute Windmill, Inc., a nonprofit organization which celebrates the Dutch heritage of northeast Wisconsin, recently finalized the design for its authentic Dutch windmill and visitor center to be built in downtown Little Chute, WI. A full-color computerized architectural rendering has been made of the facility, as it will appear when completed. It can be viewed on the Little Chute Windmill, Inc. website at www.littlechutewindmill.org.

    The base of the windmill will be cream, with cedar shake shingles above the milling platform. Windows and doors on the windmill will be trimmed with dark blue and the same brick used in the visitor center. The color scheme and finishes were recommended by windmill builder Lucas Verbij of Verbij Windmill Design & Construction in the Netherlands. The Little Chute Windmill will be one of a very few Dutch windmills in the world with a blue color scheme.

    The Van Asten Visitor Center, designed by Thomas Miron of Quantic Architecture in Appleton, is based on Dutch-style warehouse buildings, or "pakhuizen". It will be a brick structure with a concrete tile roof. The window and door trim will be dark blue, mirroring that of the windmill. Many interior walls will be brick, with heavy timber details in the two-story exhibit space. “We wanted a building that has authentic Dutch character, not just a parody of what a Dutch building should look like,” said Little Chute Windmill, Inc. executive director Robin Dekker. “What we ended up with is a classy and functional facility that will look great in downtown Little Chute, something the community will be very proud of.”

    The Little Chute Windmill is an authentic 1850s design from the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. Volunteer millers will operate the windmill and demonstrate for visitors the traditional process of grinding grain into flour. The windmill will be 100 feet tall. It has been designed and is currently being built in the Netherlands by fourth-generation millwright Lucas Verbij of Verbij Windmill Design & Construction. Verbij designs, builds and restores windmill all over the world.

    The purpose of the Van Asten Visitor Center is to interpret the history and legacy of Dutch settlement in northeast Wisconsin, and to be a hub of information for the community of Little Chute. On the first floor, visitors will find a museum on the Dutch history of Little Chute and the region, implemented in partnership with the Little Chute Historical Society. Also on the first floor are the Van Dyn Hoven Media Room where visitors will watch a short film on the building of the windmill and history of Little Chute, a gift shop selling various souvenir items including bags of flour ground in the windmill, an information desk, sitting area and restroom facilities. On the second floor will be the Little Chute Historical Society Workspace, offices and archive and storage space.

    Construction on the facility is scheduled to begin this fall. A complete project timeline is available at www.littlechutewindmill.org.

    Little Chute Windmill, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising $2.8 million to build an authentic functioning 100 foot-tall Dutch windmill and visitor center museum in downtown Little Chute to celebrate the Dutch heritage of northeast Wisconsin. To date, approximately $2.1 million towards the goal has been raised. The Little Chute Windmill & Van Asten Visitor Center, scheduled to open in the summer of 2010, will educate visitors about the history and legacy of Dutch settlement in northeast Wisconsin.

    Met vriendelijke groeten (With friendly greetings),

    Robin Dekker
    Executive Director
    Little Chute Windmill Inc.
    127 E. Main St., P.O. Box 182
    Little Chute, WI 54140
    tel/fax: (920)788-2629
    yourwindmill@sbcglobal.net
    www.littlechutewindmill.org
    "Celebrating the Dutch heritage of northeast Wisconsin"
 
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