University of Virginia, Garrett Hall, Charlottesville, VA: Preservation research and restoration of historic McKim, Meade, & White Landmark

Garrett Hall at the University of Virginia is positioned in the corner of Central Campus. The building designed by McKim, Meade, and White, was originally built in 1909 as the formal Dining Hall. For this project, John Canning & Co. reattached the vaulted main dining room ceiling while also installing additional structural supports into the masonry and wood structure. Canning also fabricated and installed ornamental plaster, selectively removed large sections of plaster beams, pilasters, and other elements to access the structure for the purposes of adding steel and wood supports. This was followed with reinstalling the salved plaster pieces. John Canning & Co. also designed and installed a period decorative paint scheme that was based inspired by other period schemes of that time.

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Built: 1909

Original Architect: McKim, Meade, and White

Style: Neoclassical

Planning & Design Services:

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


Restoration & Decoration Techniques: