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.
BUILDING FACTSLocation: 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.