Barker Library Dome, MIT


Historic analysis and comprehensive restoration of the Beaux Arts building's Grand Lobby, Loggias, and Great Rotunda performed by John Canning Co.


Historic paint analysis; restoration & conservation; paint exposures; color and finishes matching; architectural gilding; conservation cleaning; stone restoration; marble restoration; metal refinishing

John Canning Co. served as consultant for historic finish exposures and paint analysis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This included  the restoration of the decorative paint, stone & marble restoration, incised-letter gilding, and metal refinishing.

Work involved the full restoration of the Beaux Arts building’s Grand Lobby, Loggias, and the Great Rotunda. Throughout the project, Canning Co. professionals collaborated with several departments, including the President’s office.


Location: Cambridge, MA
Built: 1916
Original Architect: William Welles Bosworth
Style: Neoclassical