Trinity Church, Boston, MA: Reverential attention to detail and accurate conservation, preservation, and restoration of the John La Farge designed interior of HH Richardson’s 1877 National Historic Landmark

Trinity Church
Trinity Church

John Canning & Company was hired by Trinity Church to provide design assist services, including finish investigations and consultation services for the fine and decorative artwork in the Trinity Church’s Central Tower, featuring original artwork designed and executed by John LaFarge. LaFarge employed other talented artist of the time including, Maynard, Lathrop, Saint-Gaudens, Millet, Champney, Clark, and Daniel Cottier. The building was designed by H.H. Richardson, which later pursued the unique American architectural style, Richardsonian Romanesque.


Our scope of work included plaster repair & consolidation; developing conservation cleaning agents and methodology for the conservation of La Farge’s encaustic paint; color matching and in-painting; reinstating decorative artwork with stenciling, lining, lettering, and gold leafing.

Location: Boston, MA

Built: 1877

Original Architect: H.H. Richardson

Style: Richard Romanesque


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

Planning & Design Services

  • Investigation of historic materials: paint and fine art
  • Scientific & Interpretive analysis
  • Paint exposures
  • Color matching
  • Findings Report


Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Conservation of Artwork & Murals
  • Architectural Gilding
  • Freehand Artwork
  • Trompe l’oeil
  • Stenciling
  • Glazing
  • Striping.
  • Stained Glass Repair
  • Plaster Repair