The faithful restoration of church decoration preserves the history, religious traditions, liturgical iconography, and sacred art of the country’s national landmark buildings for worship
John Canning Co. liturgical designers and artists are experts in sacred decoration, restoration, conservation and creative expression.
The care and maintenance of historic churches are often the responsibility of the clergy serving the congregation and parish committees designated to help. John Canning Co. prefers to work as a partner with these decision-makers when restoring ecclesiastic interior decoration.
We created Canning Liturgical Arts to specifically serve those in charge of sacred properties.
In the hands of Canning Liturgical Arts artists and artisans, common elements of paint, plaster, wood, and stone are elevated to sacred art using traditional decorative paint, finishes, and design.
The Canning Co. process of archival research, hands-on investigation, scientific analysis, and interpretation led to the successful historic restoration of Battell Chapel's original Victorian-era decorative painting scheme
Canning Co. restored exquisite decorative painting and murals that had been painted over decades earlier, and revealed with historic paint analysis and exposures
St. Mary’s Chapel was given an overall conservation cleaning and restoration, with inpainting, gilding, and glazing areas of loss.
The comprehensive historic restoration and conservation of St. Patrick Parish took more than a year and required the full breadth of Canning Co. services, experience, and skills.
John Canning Co. installed the new Gothic Revival interior design scheme that references Catholic liturgy, traditional iconography, and a celebration of Saint Mary.
John Canning Co. provided historic restoration and conservation of ornamental plaster and decorative painting, new murals, and complimentary design that reflects the Catholic liturgy, and honors Saint John.
Canning Co. restored the delicate color palette and design scheme revealed by our historic paint study and scientific analysis is typical of churches dedicated to Marian worship.
The John Canning Co. design & planning process included detailed research on the Richard M. Upjohn church decoration period design schemes. The historic paint study and scientific analysis revealed the original colors and stencil patterns which were faithfully restored using traditional materials and decorative painting techniques.
Church Architect Duncan Stroik chose John Canning to create the iconic interior decoration scheme to compliment the newly constructed Classical-style shrine. The Canning Co. provided the metal framing, three-coat plaster, the installation of the intricately detailed ornamental plaster, and multiple decorative painting treatments.
The historic restoration of the decorative painting on acoustic fabric at Rodeph Shalom required a conservation approach. Fabric was reattached and color matching was adjusted at each in-painting area to blend with adjacent colors.
Historic paint analysis uncovered the original church decoration which we restored and combined with new commissions for 22 fine art murals and a series of simulated stained glass windows.
#2 on PBS series 10 Buildings that Changed America, HH Richardson’s church established a new American architecture style, Richardsonian Romanesque. The historic restoration of the architectural art interior required a combination of decorative painting techniques and conservation of John La Farge's encaustic historic murals that fully embrace every surface.