Pavilion Woodgraining, University of Virginia
John Canning & Co. over the years has performed woodgraining on many different doors for the Pavilions at the University of Virginia.
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Built: Circa 1817-1822
Original Architect: Thomas Jefferson
The University of Virginia and Academical Village were designed by Thomas Jefferson. The Pavilions within the Academical Village have since remained as student and faculty buildings with exterior doors that were historically woodgrained a specific stylized mahogany. Over the years, the original woodgraining was lost as poor maintenance and up keep led to various overpainting and applications of incompatible materials.
Over the years, John Canning & Co. has been retained directly by the University to reinstate the original faux-mahogany woodgraining of the exterior doors. Working within the tight schedule of spring breaks and budget restrictions, each project focused on woodgraining a few doors at time. In addition to executing the woodgraining, John Canning & Co. advised the facilities staff and craftsmen on how to remove incompatible finishes, prepare the surfaces, protect and maintain the new finishes.