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The Roslyn Grist Mill
Client: Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks
Project Type: Historic structure report; Feasibility Study
The Roslyn Grist Mill, located at the head of Hempstead Harbor, was erected between 1715 and 1741 and remained a working mill for two centuries, playing an important role in the development of the village. In 1790, George Washington noted a visit to the mill in his diary. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had deteriorated over the years from lack of maintenance, the high water table, and periodic tidal flooding.
The Roslyn Grist Mill, circa 1898.
As the first step in the restoration, John G. Waite Associates, Architects prepared a historic structure report incorporating a history of the building and measured drawings furnished by the Roslyn Preservation Corporation. The historic structure report provided detailed conservation recommendations and priorities, advocating raising the building to mitigate water problems and restore it to the level of the street. JGWA also completed a feasibility study that prioritizes the restoration plan, and provides construction phasing, logistics, and probable cost information. This updated report will allow further stabilization and conservation work to begin on the mill.