Warner Theatre, Erie, PA: Preservation research and Historic Landmark decoration restoration

John Canning & Co. acted as both the prime and specialty finish contractor, coordinating all work and trades, including general and decorative painting, metals, plaster stabilization and consolidation, scaffolding, and fabrication. Scope of work included historic documentation of the 1931 Art Deco interior, paint analysis, plaster survey, and execution of decorative finish mock-ups. All historic designs and motifs were reinstated, the plaster ornamentation was consolidated and stabilized, the missing elements were replicated, and all metals were conserved. Techniques included, conservation of decorative art, metal leaf application using traditional gilders’ techniques, toning, antiquing, varnishing, glazing, texturing and stenciling, plaster stabilization and consolidation, metal conservation, and wood graining.

Location: Erie, PA

Built: 1931

Original Architect: Rapp & Rapp

Style: Art Deco, French Renaissance


U.S. National Register of Historic Places

Planning & Design Services

  • Investigation of Historic Materials
  • Scientific & Interpretive Analysis
  • Color matching
  • Paint Exposures
  • Findings Report
  • Shop Drawings

Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Ornamental Plaster Repair
  • Decorative Painting
  • Metal Leaf Gilding
  • Toning
  • Glazing
  • Metal Conservation
  • Wood Graining
  • Plaster Stabilization & Consolidation