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Battell Chapel, Yale University

The John Canning & Co. process of archival research, hands-on investigation, scientific analysis, and interpretation led to the successful restoration of Battell Chapel’s original Victorian-era decorative painting scheme.

Battell Chapel, Yale University


Location: New Haven, CT
Built: 1874
Original Architect: Russell Sturgis, Jr.
Style: Victorian Gothic


Battell Chapel
Battell Chapel

The Battell Chapel restoration was one of the earliest historic preservation projects in Connecticut and John Canning & Co.’s first comprehensive church restoration in the US.

Exuberant original Victorian-era decoration was painted over for years. Scientific analysis confirmed color palettes, and the decoration successfully replicated.