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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


War Memorial Opera House Restoration
War Memorial Opera House Preservation Project
War Memorial Opera House
War Memorial Opera House

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


Love in Preservation: A Guide to Valentine’s Day

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