Domino Sugar, which is currently removing its iconic neon sign and replacing it with an LED version, will donate the old letters and border of the sign to Second Chance. The Baltimore Museum of Industry received the “I” point for display in its Decker Gallery.
From the Domino Sugar Facebook page:
As letters and border continue to descend from our 1951 Domino Sugars sign, we are happy to report that we have found new homes for most letters and borders. The dot on the “i” will move just a few doors down the road from the Baltimore Museum of Industry, while most of the remaining letters and the border will find a home in Second’s 250,000 square foot retail space. Chance, Inc. This vital non-profit organization equips Baltimore residents facing employment barriers with job skills such as deconstruction, rescue and storage. We are happy that these historic pieces are more accessible to the public. We will give the “a” to Anderson Industrial Contracting, the company that dismantles the sign. The iconic “D”, made up of several parts, has been the most affected by rust and is not salvageable. We will be making keepsakes from the “D” to share with our 500 refinery employees and hope to make some pieces available to the public for sale at the Baltimore Museum of Industry to support their mission.
Second Chance said on Facebook:
It is a true honor for us to host much of this historic Baltimore icon for all to continue to enjoy at 1700 Ridgely Street across the harbor! THANK YOU Domino Sugar !! And we are very proud of you for replacing this precious monument with a close-by that is millions of times more energy efficient!
The Baltimore Museum of Industry said on Facebook:
BMI received a special delivery today from our friends at @dominosugar_baltimore The dot on the “i” has found its new home at the museum! This little piece of the iconic Domino Sugars sign will be a BIG addition to our collection of neon signs featured in our Decker gallery!
Second Chance, which sells architectural objects and antiques, is becoming a museum of old Baltimore signage as it already houses the old neon sign of Parkville’s Bel Loc Diner, the old letters of Broadway Pier , the “I” from a PSINet sign that once hung at M&T Bank Stadium (formerly called PSINet Stadium) and Rub BBQ’s old neon sign in Riverside. It also has the old “Maryland” baseline and “Terrapins” from the former Cole Field House arena at the University of Maryland Basketball.
The Bel Loc Diner sign has a permanent home in Second Chance because the Baltimore County Preservation Society wanted to see it live. Second Chance founder and chairman Mark Foster said there was interest in Cole Field House baselines, but no sales have taken place yet.
Foster said his organization is currently doing logistics planning to determine how to safely route Domino letters within 2.3 miles of his facility. Foster said most of the letters were around 20 feet by 10 feet and the move would likely require eight to ten trucks.
Foster has said they will put each letter up for sale, but Second Chance isn’t sure where to start when it comes to pricing yet. One of the letters will likely be displayed in the exhibit hall.
Referring to Domino Sugar, Foster said, “It was so nice of them to think of us and want to keep the letters in the neighborhood.”
Foster said the past year has been a busy one for Second Chance as they have been singled out as a core business. He noted that the pandemic has led many people to improve their homes, take on DIY projects and clean their basements to donate.
“We’re thankful everyday because we’ve been lucky, but we have compassion for those who haven’t,” Foster said.
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