Bourne Windmill, Oakdale, New York

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Bourne Windmill
Bourne Windmill, Oakdale, New York 1975.jpg
View of the Bourne Windmill 1975
Mill nameBourne Windmill
Mill locationOakdale, New York
Coordinates40°44′15″N 73°06′15″W / 40.73750°N 73.10417°W / 40.73750; -73.10417
Year built1911
PurposeWater supply
TypeAmerican Farm
Year lost2004

The Bourne Windmill, Oakdale, New York was an American farm design tower windmill, built in 1911 by Commodore Frederic G Bourne, as part of a farm in Oakdale, New York. It was located north of his South Shore estate, known as Indian Neck Hall, which later became LaSalle Military Academy; the windmill was demolished in 2004–2005.[1]


The Bourne Windmill was built in 1911 by Frederick Gilbert "Commodore" Bourne,[2] and designed by noted architect Alfred Hopkins. Part of the Bourne Dairy Farm, the windmill works were built by the Andrew J. Corcoran Company[3] and supplied water for the dairy farm, farmhouse, fountains and fire hydrants, it was noteworthy in its height, construction and artistic design. It stood approximately 100' high with windmill blades 25 feet in diameter, and adorned with terracotta ram's heads encircling the tower, it featured a unique octagonal design constructed of reinforced concrete pillars with terracotta blocks between, and smooth stucco on the exterior. The upper portion of the tower housed a large metal water tank and the lower portion was used as a silo. By the 1970s, the surrounding farm buildings fell into disrepair, damaged by neglect and vandalism and were demolished around 1975;[4] the windmill continued to be neglected through the 1980s and became a home to bats and owls, and a spooky hangout for local teenagers. In 1989, the surrounding property was redeveloped into an age-restricted residential community and the windmill underwent a garish cosmetic makeover; the top was retrofitted with a barn roof and faux Dutch-style blades replacing the original American farm design, and the tower exterior was painted pastel yellow to match the vinyl siding of the new homes. It was eventually demolished in 2004–2005 after engineering reports estimated the cost of maintaining the structure to be too expensive, despite its status as an historic site.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Some Recent Farm Buildings, Estate of Commodore Frederick Bourne". Architectural Forum. Vol. 30 no. 3. Rogers and Manson Company. 1919. pp. 74–76.
  2. ^ Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (1992). AIA Architectural Guide to Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island. New York: Courier Corporation. p. 140. ISBN 9780486269467.
  3. ^ Corcoran, A. J. (April 1915). "Estate of Commodore Frederick Bourne". The Field Illustrated: A Journal of Advanced Agriculture, Scientific Breeding and Rural Sports. Vol. 25. p. 287.
  4. ^ Monastero, Nina (June 18, 1979). Building-Structure Inventory Form (PDF) (Technical report). Department of Planning and Development. 103-05-0329-022.
  5. ^ Pulling, Anne Frances; Leeds, Gerald A. (January 4, 1999). Windmills and Watermills of Long Island. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 9780738502885.
  6. ^ Whitehouse, Elaine Kiesling (January 12, 2005). "A historic sight no more" (PDF). The Suffolk County News. Oakdale.
  7. ^ "Wet Lands and History: A Precious Heritage" (PDF). The Suffolk County News. April 21, 1975. p. 68. Retrieved October 15, 2017.