Astral Oil Works

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Employee housing at the Astral Apartments

Astral Oil Works was founded in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York, by Charles Pratt. Pratt was a pioneer of the petroleum industry who formed Charles Pratt and Company with Henry H. Rogers. The Pratt interests became part of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil organization in 1874.[1]

Specializing in illuminating oil, which had earlier been derived from whale oil, the products of the Astral Oil Works kerosene refinery became famous worldwide in the late 19th century. They gave rise to the slogan, "The holy lamps of Tibet are primed with Astral Oil."[citation needed]

Pratt founded and endowed the Pratt Institute with profits of the Astral Oil Works.


  1. ^ Total Destruction of Astral Oil Works New York Times January 27, 1873