Academy of Music Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA: Preservation research, restoration, conservation, and new period decoration paint scheme provided for this Historic National Landmark

John Canning & Co. was selected as a consultant for the Academy of Music Ballroom restoration. This began with a historic finish exposure investigation and paint analysis, and also included ornamental plaster fabrication, woodwork restoration, and all decorative painting, trompe l’oeil, and gilding throughout the ballroom. The work to be restored in the ballroom was originally completed in 1857, and John Canning & Co. worked meticulously to replicate this interior, based on a ca. 1860 photograph. The Academy of Music is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. The restoration project won a Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and an AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Built: 1855

Original Architect: Napoleon LeBrun & Gustavus Runge

Style: Renaissance


U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmark

Planning & Design Services

  • New Decorative Scheme
  • Investigation of Historic Materials
  • Scientific & Interpretive Analysis
  • Color Matching
  • Paint Exposures
  • Pattern Documentation
  • Construction/Bid Drawings
  • Findings Report


Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Architectural Gilding
  • Freehand Artwork
  • Trompe l’oeil
  • Stenciling
  • Glazing
  • Striping