Museums – valuable historic landmark buildings preserved to house cultural artifacts and works of art
Sometimes, the museums we work in are "house" museums – properties of historical value because of the events that took place there, or because they represent an historic building style (like the Webb Deane Stevens Museum in Old Wethersfield, CT).
Sometimes, they are buildings whose purpose began as something else and now serve as a home to permanent collections (like the National Building Museum in Washington DC) or, provide a venue for events and non-permanent public exhibits (like the Old State House in Hartford, CT).
And sometimes, as in the case of the Wadsworth Atheneum, we are working in a building designed to be an art museum.
No matter what the provenance, our intention is to faithfully restore original design elements, and to augment original work, when requested, by extending the original design intent of the architect.
John Canning Co. refinished the historic woodwork throughout the house, plaster restoration, and installation of reproduced wallpaper of the Mark Twain House.
John Canning Co.’s expertise in plaster repair and restoration was essential for the successful restoration of Hulihe’e plaster-over-lava-rock construction.
John Canning Co. traveled to Hawaii to restore the historic Islamic stencil decoration at Doris Duke’s Shangri La, Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures.
John Canning Co. artisans implemented a historically accurate marbling finish on the Great Hall Columns at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.
John Canning Co. performed the plaster restoration, repair, reattachment, and ornamental plaster mould in the Grand Hall Gallery at Wadsworth Atheneum.