Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Secretary of War Suite, Washington DC: Preservation research and restoration of historic interior decoration

John Canning & Co. was hired under separate contract to perform decorative finishes analysis and consulting for the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s historic suite of rooms. In collaboration with Page Conservation, Inc., we in-painted and reinstated the decorative painting and free-hand art work on the ceiling, cove, and cornice. We also performed all general and decorative painting throughout, including stenciling, glazing, lining, gilding, bronzing, and faux marbre. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

Location: Washington, DC

Built: 1888

Original Architect: Alfred B. Mullet

Style: French Second Empire


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

Planning & Design Services:

  • Historic Investigation and Analysis
  • Scientific & Interpretive Analysis
  • Paint Exposures
  • Color Matching
  • Pattern Documentation
  • Findings Report


Restoration & Decoration Techniques:

  • Glazing
  • Stenciling
  • Architectural Gilding
  • Striping
  • Bronzing
  • Faux Marbling
  • General Painting