Iowa State Capitol
Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines: Historic Restoration of Elmer Garnsey’s 1886 decorative paint, plaster, and woodwork design

John Canning & Company was responsible for restoration of the plaster and decorative painting in over twenty spaces in the Iowa State Capitol. Techniques included: conservation, stenciling, trompe l’oeil, free-hand artwork, striping, gilding, wood graining, and glazing.

Additionally, John Canning & Company provided design-assist services to the architect and their consultants, by providing a significant quantity of large exposures followed with pattern documentation and colour matching.

Location: Des Moines, IA

Built: 1886

Original Architect: Alfred H. Piquenard, John C. Cochrane, Edward Clark, Mifflin E. Bell, and W.F. Hackney

Style: Neoclassical

 

U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Historic District Contributing Property

Planning & Design Services

  • Investigation of Historic Paint Materials
  • Interpretive Analysis
  • Color Matching
  • Pattern Documentation

 

Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Woodgraining
  • Freehand Artwork
  • Trompe l’oeil
  • Stenciling
  • Glazing
  • Striping
  • Faux Marbling
  • Conservation

JOHN CANNING & COMPANY IS ONE OF THE FOREMOST HISTORICAL CONSERVATION STUDIOS IN THE U.S.