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.
John Canning & Co. scheduled all trades and performed specialty contracting to conserve and restore fine-art murals, ornamental plaster, gilding, decorative finishes and the parquet floor of the ornately decorated Cosmos Club ballroom in Washington, DC.
The John Canning & Co. restored the interior decoration at the University of Michigan Hill Auditorium using decorative painting techniques, transparent glazes, and gilding.
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.
We were privileged to serve as a specialty contractor for the Metropolitan Theatre to conducted research and hands-on investigation of the historic finishes.
Our artists work at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut included glazing, plaster repair, metallic treatments, finishes, and wood graining.
We provided plaster restoration stabilization and ornate plaster fabrication in Morse Recital Hall, a performance space at Yale University School of Music.
The Philadelphia Academy of Music restoration involved analysis of up to 16 layers of paint aggressive exposure methods to reveal faintly ghosted patterns.
Our conservation team restored the interior decoration painting, architectural gilding, and plaster at Rackham Auditorium, University of Michigan.
We applied over 180,000 square feet of metal leaf and glazes in order to properly restore the 1932 historical golden interior of the Radio City Music Hall.
Our team of artisans were the restoration consultants and specialty contractors for the historic Stadium Theatre decoration and finishes.
Our team’s historic paint analysis and interpretation defined the original colors and finishes of the State Theatre in Bay City, Michigan,
We carefully applied traditional gold-leaf gilding and glazes on 500,000 linear feet of historic architectural elements at the War Memorial Opera House.
Our team coordinated all work and trades, responsible for the restoration of all designs for the Art Deco movie theatre built by Warner Brothers.
Our conservation team restored the plasterwork throughout the Colonial Theatre’s auditorium and public spaces, including casting ornamental plaster.