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War Memorial Opera House

At the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, John Canning & Co. applied traditional gold-leaf and metal-leaf gilding and glazes on 500,000 linear feet of historic architectural elements.



Location: San Francisco, CA
Built: 1932
Architects: Arthur Brown, Jr., G. Albert Lansburgh
Style: Beaux Arts


The War Memorial Opera House restoration in San Francisco was part of a seismic upgrade, which included the restoration of 500,000 linear feet of architectural elements damaged by the 1989 earthquake.

The scope included re-gilding the foyer, the auditorium, the proscenium, the mezzanine boxes and all interior architectural elements throughout the Opera House. 

John Canning & Co. worked with the general painting contractor to develop traditional techniques to replicate original stipple and texture finishes.


1998 Best Restoration Award, California Contracting


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This is one of the projects discussed in this video of some of the Theatre projects John Canning & Co. has worked on.