Baltimore novelist Laura Lippman posted this photo on her Twitter account on Friday, with the message: “Good morning, Baltimore. YeSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!”
Baltimore novelist Laura Lippman posted this photo on her Twitter account on Friday, with the message: “Good morning, Baltimore. YeSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!”

The new Domino Sugars sign is almost complete and ready to light up the Baltimore skyline.

“The final letter is in place! After a few pieces of the border are installed, the sign will be wired and finally relit on July 4,” Domino Sugar Baltimore said in a message on social media.

Domino, a subsidiary of the ASR Group, is spending $2 million to replace its old neon sign overlooking Baltimore’s harbor with a more energy-efficient LED sign that’s designed to look like the original but last longer.

Work began in March high above the Domino refinery at 1100 Key Highway, and Baltimoreans have followed the progress as the old letters came down and the new ones have gone up.

Made by Artkraft Strauss of New York and first illuminated on April 25, 1951, the original neon sign was one of the largest illuminated signs in the country. The new sign is the same size, measuring 70 feet high and 120 feet wide, with letters ranging in height from 12 to 20 feet.

Gable of Baltimore is contractor, with owner Paul Gable and sign expert Norman James, known as “the Rembrandt of Retro Signage,” leading the effort.

At least one part of the old sign has found a new home: The dot over the ‘I’ in Domino has been relocated to the Baltimore Museum of Industry, which is currently open by appointment.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.