New uses for old sugar refineries

Via Curbed, a new entry into the Domino alternative field. This one highlights the Tate Modern, as well as a host of other highly successful cultural institutions that have transformed former industrial sites as part of their success.

The highlighting of Tate is somehow appropriate here – Henry Tate made his fortune in the sugar business, and the successor to his firm, Tate & Lyle, went on to acquire Domino Sugar in 1988 (and sold the brand to the Fanjul family in 2001). It was under Tate & Lyle’s watch that the Brooklyn plant endured three strikes, the longest of which ran from 1999 to 2001, and was effectively the death knell for the Williamsburg plant.