Cosmos Club


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.


Historic paint analysis; plaster condition analysis; architectural gilding; water gilding; mural conservation; ornamental plaster repair, casting, and replacement; wood flooring repair & refinishing

Located on Embassy Row near Dupont Circle, it was originally built as a private residence for socialite Mary Scott Townsend. The exclusive Cosmos Club purchased the estate in 1950. The opulent ballroom is one of the most coveted event spaces in DC and provides substantial income for the club.

John Canning Co. served as the prime specialty trade contractor and conservator for the restoration. As such, we were able to schedule all work efficiently, and return the restored ballroom to the club six weeks early, allowing additional income to be secured with its rental.


Location: Washington, DC
Built: 1901
Architect: Carrere & Hastings
Style: Beaux Arts

National Historic Landmark