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Iowa State Capitol

John Canning & Co. provided paint analysis, exposures, pattern documentation, and historic restoration of Elmer Garnsey's 1886 decorative paint, plaster, and woodwork design.

Iowa State Capitol


Location: Des Moines, IA
Built: 1886
Original Architects: Alfred H. Piquenard, John C. Cochrane, Edward Clark, Mifflin E. Bell, and W.F. Hackney Edward Townsend, John G. Haskell
Style: Neoclassical


John Canning & Co. restored and conserved the plaster and decorative painting in over twenty spaces in the Iowa State Capitol.

Additionally, John Canning & Co. assisted the architect and their consultants by providing multiple large exposures with pattern documentation and color matching.


6 Common Historic Periods: Styles & Colors