The inspired use of ornamental plaster, decorative painting, and gilding is meant to uplift our spirits and set the mood for the entertainment to come
The dignity of landmark concert halls, the elegance of historic theatres, and the full-blown fantasies of 1920s-40s movie theaters are the architectural embodiment of our entertainment history – both classical and popular cultures.
Preserving those environments for today’s performers and audiences provides them the opportunity to participate in the unfolding cultural heritage enveloped by historic places.
To restore Radio City Music Hall's historic 1932 interior, John Canning Co. applied over 180,000 square feet of metal leaf and glazes to surfaces throughout the building.
At the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, John Canning Co. applied traditional gold-leaf and metal-leaf gilding and glazes on 500,000 linear feet of historic architectural elements.
Specialty contractor John Canning Co. investigated and restored the original decorative treatments and motifs of the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
As the specialty contractor for the restoration of the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia, John Canning Co. conducted research and hands-on investigation of the historic finishes, exposed original colors and decoration and reinstated the original design using traditional methods and materials.
The John Canning Co.’s work at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut included glazing, metallic treatments, faux finishes, woodgraining, and Venetian plaster.
he John Canning Co. was the restoration consultant and specialty contractor for the historic Stadium Theatre decoration and finishes. This included coordinating all work and trades for the restoration of the ornate and vibrant Adamesque style interior.
Historic paint analysis and interpretation by the Canning Co. defined the original colors and finishes of the 1930 redesign of the State Theatre in Bay City, Michigan, setting the scope of work for their reinstatement.
As prime and specialty contractor, Canning Co. coordinated all work and trades, and is responsible for the research and restoration of all designs and motifs for the 1931 Art Deco movie theatre built by Warner Brothers.
Canning Co.’s determination to expose and define the original design scheme for the Philadelphia Academy of Music involved analysis of up to 16 layers of paint in some areas, and aggressive exposure methods to reveal faintly ghosted patterns.
John Canning Co. restored the plasterwork throughout the Colonial Theatre’s main auditorium and public spaces, including casting and restoring ornamental plaster.
The John Canning Co. restored the interior decoration at the University of Michigan Hill Auditorium using decorative painting techniques, transparent glazes, and gilding.
As specialty contractor, Canning Co. restored and conserved the interior decoration painting, architectural gilding, and plaster at Rackham Auditorium, University of Michigan.
The John Canning Co. provided plaster restoration and ornamental plaster fabrication in Morse Recital Hall, a performance space at Sprague Hall, Yale University School of Music.