Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: Historic Analysis and Full Restoration of the Beaux Arts Building’s Grand Lobby, Loggias, and Great Rotunda

John Canning & Co. was selected as the consultant for historic finish exposures and paint analysis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This included  the restoration of the decorative paint, stone & marble restoration, incised-letter gilding, and metal refinishing. Work involved the full restoration of the Beaux Arts building’s Grand Lobby, Loggias, and the Great Rotunda. Throughout the project, John Canning & Co. collaborated with several departments, including the President’s office.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Built: 1916

Original Architect: William Welles Bosworth

Style: Neo-Classical

Planning & Design Services:

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


Restoration & Decoration Techniques: