Williamsburg’s iconic Domino Sugar Factory will be making way for yet another high-rise development, but at least part of the Brooklyn landmark is going to be preserved. Two Trees, the developer of the new complex, has promised to preserve relics from the original building and incorporate them into a new High Line-style walkway called the “Artifact Walk.”
Two Trees tapped High Line designer James Corner Field Operations and other preservationists to comb the building for relics from its industrial past. One of the most notable elements at the site, the 40-foot-tall Domino Sugar sign that has been prominently displayed since the 1920s, will be preserved, but that’s not all. Two Trees also wants to save the 425-foot-long rail tracks that once supported the building’s cranes. Other objects that will live on at the site include cylindrical syrup storage tanks, mooring bollards, and bucket elevators.
Using these remnants, James Corner Field Operations plans to create an elevated catwalk that will run the length of the 505-foot-long warehouse. Currently, the plan is to stand the elevated path up onto existing structural columns. The designers also hope to have the walkway connect with two salvaged 80-foot-tall gantry cranes once used to unload raw sugar out of docking freighters.
Aside from the Artifact Walk, Two Trees is also working closely with the Brooklyn Historical Society to curate a small exhibition about the factory. The display will be shown within the Domino Sugar Factory’s original main refinery building. Certain parts of the sugar plant will stay in place thanks to the NYC’s Landmark Law, including the site’s iconic chimney.