Rackham Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: Repair of historic plaster, paint, and gilding conservation

John Canning & Co. was selected as a specialty contractor by the University of Michigan to restore the Rackham Auditorium, which is part of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The building which was first built in 1938 and designed by William Kapp, required decorative painting repair, architectural gilding repair, and plaster restoration throughout.

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Built: 1938

Original Architect: William Kapp of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls

Style: Neoclassical

Planning & Design Services

  • Investigation of Historic Materials
  • Scientific & Interpretive Analysis
  • Specialty Contracting
  • Project Documentation


Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Decorative Painting
  • Architectural Gilding
  • Plaster Restoration