Fulton County Courthouse 

John Canning & Co. performed a historic paint study prior to any restoration work to determine the original color palette. 

BUILDING FACTS

Location: Wauseon, OH
Built: Circa 1872
Original Architect: Charles C. Miller
Style: Neoclassical Renaissance
Status: National Register of Historic Places

SCOPE

"The results of John Canning Co.'s work in restoring are courtroom defies description. The cleaned and restored paintings are so vivid, the colors appear to leap from the paintings. As to the restoration of the courtroom itself, John Canning Co. did and incredible job. The woodwork is exquisite. The attention to detail in all aspects of the project is obvious. Most importantly, Mr. Canning or his staff were always available to answer questions and to respond to the concerns of the County relating to the project. Every elected official involved in this project has commented upon the professionalism, integrity, and enthusiasm John Canning Co. poured into this project. We could not be happier. I am certain anyone who would hire John Canning Co. would find the experience to be rewarding and satisfying."
— JEFFERY ROBINSON, PRESIDING JUDGE, FULTON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT, FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, WAUSEON, OHIO

The restoration of the Fulton County Common Pleas Courtroom included painting and plastering ; refurbishing the chairs and the wooden barrier between the court area and the spectator gallery; restoring the walls and the conserving the historic paintings; recreating the courtroom’s original stadium-style seating and returning the courtroom to its original classical lines and color scheme.

Fourteen paintings were conserved: 10 murals and 4 tondos portrats of early American political leaders, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Ulysses S. Grant.  Where the murals were marouflaged to the plaster walls, they paintings were conserved on site. The four president portraits were removed for cleaning and inpainting utilizing conservators’ methods and materials in our studio.  Ornamental plaster frames were restored and replicated where missing. The historic color scheme including delicate glazes and gilding at the coffered ceiling we reinstated.

While the courtroom was closed for the project, the courtroom remained active and logistical requirements and scheduling was appropriately managed to not disrupt the public and visitors.


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