After his mother died in 1977, the last owner of the mill managed the farm until he passed away at the end of 2011. The mill was partially operational until end of the 1970s, the sawmill had ceased operation in the 1950s. The buildings deteriorated increasingly during the years. A fallen ash tree had buried the sawmill. In 2012, before the restoration could commence, 280 cubic meters of refuse had to be removed from the farm yard, and a further 50 cubic meters of manure from the main building.

The thatched roof on the north side of the main building was severely damaged, allowing rain and snow to enter. Through all 3 floors the spire light was almost collapsing, as were the upper floor and the roof of the mill, which had already partly collapsed. There was a large gaping hole in the outer facade. The weight bearing wooden beams in all storeys of the mill were severely damaged and in parts non existent. The same situation was found in the flooring of the Mill.

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The water wheel was decayed. Rain and frost had destroyed one of the three grinding gears. The Mill’s weir and the “Teichmönch” (overflow building in the Mill pond) were inoperative.

The Mill technology was largely existing, but not operational. The hayloft in the main building was not passable and partly collapsed, as well as the flooring of the “Kleine Stube” (small parlour). Only flooring fragments were found in the miller’s parlour and adjacent rooms.

At the street facing front of the main building five windows and two horse flaps had been replaced with glass bricks.

The main buildings cesspool had collapsed. The 19th Century historic paving of the farm yard was badly damaged and overgrown with a thick layer of humus, on which trees were growing.



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The two chimneys of the main building were broken down to the first floor.

The electrical installation of the main building, the Mill and the Sawmill was either non-functional or non-existing.

The windows and doors were partly in a very poor condition. Functioning sanitary facilities were non-existing. In many rooms of the main building and mill the loam- and lime-plaster were either non-existing or in severe need of renovation, and rats had undermined the tiled floor in the kitchen. The pipe supplying the main building with water from the mill pond was defect, thus causing water to run into the masonry.

The sawmill building has collapsed completely, the Venetian sawgate was the only structure protected by the last remains of the roof.