Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI: Canning created new plaster elements and decoration steeped in historic Catholic iconography and tradition

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe

For the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, John Canning & Company provided the metal framing and three-coat plaster as well as the installation of all ornamental plaster. Our studio also designed and executed all decorative finishes, including many faux marbles and other stones, gilding, and a dome ceiling featuring a turquoise sky, selected to match the color of Our Lady’s mantle. The gold-leaf constellations represent the constellations of Winter Solace as viewed from Mexico City in 1531, when Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego.

Location: La Crosse, WI

Built: 2008

Original Architect: Dunkin Stroik

Style: Classical

Planning & Design Services

  • Design New Decorative Scheme
  • Renderings
  • Shop Drawings
  • Findings Report


Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Architectural Gilding
  • Freehand Artwork
  • Trompe l’oeil
  • Stenciling
  • Glazing
  • Striping.
  • Faux Marbling
  • Ornamental Plaster