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
Original Architect: Rapp & Rapp
Style: Art Deco, French Renaissance
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Planning & Design Services
Restoration & Decoration Techniques