Michigan State Capitol
Michigan State Capitol

The Michigan State Capitol, Lansing: Historic preservation, restoration, and conservation of interior finishes in this 1847 National Landmark

The Michigan State Capitol project was a complete restoration of the House of Representatives, Senate Chambers, Adjacent Areas, and Public Spaces, that involved all aspects of the decorative arts. Approximately 45 elaborately decorated distemper ceilings were conserved and consolidated. All work was carried out while the legislation was in session, with minimal disruption to the occupants.

Location: Lansing, MI

Built: 1847

Original Architect: Elijah E. Myers

Style: Neoclassical

 

U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmark, Michigan State Historic Site

Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Conservation Cleaning of Historic Finishes
  • Consolidation of Distemper Paint
  • Inpainting
  • Gilding
  • Glazing
  • Stenciling
  • Woodgraining
  • Faux Marbling
  • Trompe l’oeil
  • Plaster Replication

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