Meeker Sugar Cooperative, U.S. Highway 71, Lecompte, Rapides Parish, LA
1988 Charles E. Peterson Prize, Honorable Mention
Significance: The Meeker Sugar Refinery, completed in 1912, was a rural industrial complex consisting of a sugar mill, a syrup canning building, a chemist's office, a large warehouse, an administrative building, and a privy. The refinery has undergone numerous alterations as sugar cane processing technology developed. As indicated by the name the refinery was not just a mill, but could produce sugar cane to the stage of refined white sugar. The buildings in the complex, closed in 1981, form an isolated grouping in a flat rural setting. The Meeker Sugar Refinery was part of a new generation of sugar processing plants which operated as central collectors for large cane growing areas. An important architectural feature of the complex is the use of engineered construction utilizing skeletal columns and trusses as structure and common bond brick, divided into bays of triple courses for exterior walls. The facility is currently owned by the Meeker Sugar Cooperative and is being dismantled through the removal of major pieces of processing equipment. Despite deterioration of the exterior appearance of the complex, the refinery conveys the architectural identity as an early twentieth century industrial processing facility.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-80
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2018
Survey number: HABS LA-1191
Building/structure dates: 1912 Initial Construction
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 87002023