De Otter

De Otter

This mill was one of many wood sawing mills in this area, that facilitated the mass production of tall ships in the 17th century, enabling Holland to develop into a powerful merchant nation.

Windmill De Otter is one of the 5 surviving windmills of this type. Centuries ago there were about 85 of these windmills in this area.

With the completion of an apartment building project in 2006, the mill does not get enough wind any more, which deteriorates its condition.
The owner of the windmill has therefore decided not to operate the windmill any longer, which can lead to further deterioration.

The owner has tried to move De Otter to a location outside Amsterdam, in an industrial heritage park in Uitgeest. However, for this move to happen, a special 'monument license' is necessary, to be issued by the City of Amsterdam. Amsterdam has refused to do so, also after a series of court cases.

To complicate matters further: the industrial heritage foundation where De Otter was planned to be moved has gone bankrupt.

Latest status: the owner is considering further options, and the windmill is just standing there.
The adjacent wood merchant has closed down, so these buildings are no longer maintained either.

As Amsterdam's oldest windmill, and also the only Amsterdam windmill that still stands on the original location where it was once built, it is worth having a look.

Gillis van Ledenberchstraat 78, Amsterdam

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Windmill De Otter

Windmill De Otter