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John Canning & Co. Earns the 2020 Build Connecticut Award

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Cheshire CT, January 2020: Canning Liturgical Arts, a branch of the John Canning & Co., earned the 2020 Build Connecticut Award in the Specialty Interiors category for the St. Thomas More project that was completed in Darien, Connecticut in September of 2019. Canning restored the interior of the church, applying traditional Catholic designs and symbolism while still keeping a holistic interior.

The Build Connecticut Awards, produced by the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, occur every two years and recognize construction firms that have completed projects of excellence within the past three years. Principal David Riccio, will be accepting the award at the 73rd AGC of Connecticut Annual Meeting held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT on February 13th, 2020.

Canning performed liturgical design studies and utilized decorative treatment techniques such as ornamental plaster repair, stenciling, statue restoration, freehand artwork, and architectural and exterior gilding at the St. Thomas More Church. The Canning Company also developed the overall color palette and design for the interior of the church. When approaching the modern design, it was intended to add tradition and beauty but crucial that the transition remained seamless as if the added decoration had always been in place. The project was extremely successful due to the efforts of the entire project team including Fr. Paul Murphy, Susan Lattimer, and Bob Gartelman from St. Thomas More Parish Church as well as the firm of Doyle Coffin Architecture.

Located in Cheshire, CT, John Canning & Co. is one of the nation’s experts in historic restoration, conservation and preservation. Canning Liturgical Arts is a branch of John Canning & Co. that developed due to the growing need for church restoration and beautification across the nation. Canning Liturgical Arts specializes in ecclesiastical art and design with over 40 years’ experience. Canning offers services in a variety of areas including: conservation, planning, designing, historic paint analysis, plaster condition surveys, restoration, decorative finishes and painting, budgeting and consulting. Canning has received numerous awards and have been entrusted to restore state capitols, courthouses, churches, libraries, museums, theatres, educational establishments and other historic buildings. The company has previously earned two other AGC awards. In 2018, the company received the AGC Build Connecticut Small Renovation Award for the restoration of the Mark Twain House and Museum Mahogany Room Suite. As well as this, in 2014, the company received the AGC of Connecticut Industry Recognition Award for the Cathedral of St. Patrick’s in Norwich, Connecticut.

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