Decorative Painting & Finishes

Decorative Painting & Finishes

Restoring and creating period decoration requires the in-depth knowledge and skill that the Canning Co. is known for.

The Canning Co. decorative painting and traditional finishing skills include complex stenciling, trompe l'oeil, gilding, glazing, and simulated stone (marbling). Our knowledge of traditional materials and how they interact is also a key element when inpainting to match and replicate existing original work. Our new, period design projects reference past masterpieces, like the 1st-century decoration of Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome, and the fine detail of 19th-century Herter Brothers.

SELECTED PROJECTS

Specialty contractor John Canning Co. investigated and restored the original decorative treatments and motifs of the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Canning Co. applied traditional gold leaf and gilding on the Charles Bulfinch dome and Lady Justice statue atop Connecticut's Old State House.

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Our team of artists collaborated with Governor and Mrs. Manchin to create new designs and scenic paintings for multiple rooms in the Governor's residence.

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Our team carefully restored the decorative paint of the patinated railings in public stairwells and ornately gilded surfaces in the Main Treasury Building.

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Our team coordinated all work and trades, responsible for the restoration of all designs for the Art Deco movie theatre built by Warner Brothers.

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Our artisans were entrusted with the restoration and conservation of historic decorative painting and gilding originally designed by Thomas Jefferson.

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Our team of artisans provided the decorative finishes on the coffered ceiling at the Union League of Philadelphia based on a historical sketch by Trumbauer.

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Our team conducted archival research, hands-on investigation, and interpretation to inform the restoration of plaster, wood, and decorative finishes.

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Our team's historic paint analysis and interpretation defined the original colors and finishes of the State Theatre in Bay City, Michigan,

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Our team of artists provided the Rhode Island State House conservation, cleaning, and restoration of the dome murals, painting, and architectural gilding.

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Our conservation team restored the interior decoration painting, architectural gilding, and plaster at Rackham Auditorium, University of Michigan.

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The Philadelphia Academy of Music restoration involved analysis of up to 16 layers of paint aggressive exposure methods to reveal faintly ghosted patterns.

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Our team of artists provided decorative painting replication services for both wood and plaster surfaces at a private residence in New Hampshire.

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We were privileged to serve as a specialty contractor for the Metropolitan Theatre to conducted research and hands-on investigation of the historic finishes.

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Our conservation artists refinished the historic woodwork throughout the house, plaster restoration, and reproduced wallpaper of the Mark Twain House.

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We carefully conserved and restored all aspects of the Luzerne County Courthouses historic fabric: marble, metal, plaster, paint, and mural artwork.

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John Canning Co. recreated the original Louis Kahn mural design executed directly on cinder block at the Trenton, New Jersey bath house.

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Canning Co. served as the prime specialty contractor and conservator for Independence Hall, researching, defining, and restoring the courtroom and entrance hall’s original historic decoration

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The John Canning Co. restored the interior decoration at the University of Michigan Hill Auditorium using decorative painting techniques, transparent glazes, and gilding.

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Canning Co. formulated the cleaning agent and process for the thorough and harmless conservation cleaning and restoration of the Grand Central Terminal ceiling mural

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At Gasson Hall, Boston College, Canning Co. provided the historic finishes investigation and analysis needed to restore the interior to its original design scheme.

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This elegant Fifth Avenue Italianate residence became home to the French Consulate in 1942. Great care has been taken to preserve the historic decoration and ornamental plaster details.

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New design schemes and murals were created by Canning Co. for this opulent private home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Canning Co. combined preservation research, restoration, and conservation of the original Jesuit chapel sacred design with new decoration elements designed to adapt the space for secular events and student dining.

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Our skilled artisans provided ornamental plastering for the ceilings and walls at a private Boston residence by creating plaster molds and castings.

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We carefully conserved and restored all aspects of the Luzerne County Courthouses historic fabric: marble, metal, plaster, paint, and mural artwork.

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John Canning Co. traveled to Hawaii to restore the phenomenally intricate, historic Islamic stencil decoration at Doris Duke’s Shangri La, Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures where protecting against the environmental stresses of oceanfront moisture, salt, and wind were factored into our solutions.

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We carefully conserved and restored all aspects of the Luzerne County Courthouses historic fabric: marble, metal, plaster, paint, and mural artwork.

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