Plaster Restoration & Stabilization

Plaster Restoration & Stabilization

Restoring and stabilizing plaster is the first step to achieving lasting decorative paint and finishes

The Canning Co. expertise in plaster restoration, stabilization, and replication is respected in the industry. We do everything from traditional 3-coat flat plaster, to replication of delicate period elements. Our skilled artisans are adept at running mould, ornamental, acoustic, and scagliola plaster fabrication methods.

Our work with plaster has evolved to include complex conservation and stabilization projects that other firms wouldn't even attempt. By applying our creative problem-solving methods to the demands of failing plaster substrates, we have arrived at innovative solutions to demanding problems.

SELECTED PROJECTS

John Canning Co. projects at Michigan Capitol 1989-92 and 2016 required expert woodgraining matching skills, and innovation in plaster reattachment and distemper paint conservation, and every other decorative painting skill.

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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 company's expertise in plaster repair and restoration was essential for the successful restoration of Hulihe’e plaster-over-lava-rock construction.

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We provided historic paint analysis and restoration of decorative paint and plaster bringing Waterbury City Hall back to its historical glory.

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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 team carefully performed the plaster restoration, repair, reattachment, and ornamental plaster mould in the Grand Hall Gallery at Wadsworth Atheneum.

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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 artisans were the restoration consultants and specialty contractors for the historic Stadium Theatre decoration and finishes.

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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 provided restoration of the plaster, decorative painting, and historic woodwork repair and refinishing at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.

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We skillfully restored the 1700s plaster walls and ornament in Maryland's Old Senate Chamber using the original historic methods and materials of the time.

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We provided plaster restoration stabilization and ornate plaster fabrication in Morse Recital Hall, a performance space at Yale University School of Music.

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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. performed flat and ornamental plaster restoration at the Kansas State Capitol, a US Historic National Landmark

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John Canning Co. provided paint analysis, exposures, pattern documentation, and historic restoration of Elmer Garnsey's 1886 decorative paint, plaster, and woodwork design.

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The Canning Co. fine-art conservation team stabilized and conserved two, wall-sized WPA murals at UNH. The murals suffered varying degrees of deterioration and loss due to moisture intrusion and plaster substrate destabilization over nearly 80 years.

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We were involved in plaster stabilization and creating a new ceiling and beam structure independent of the severely compromised Garrett Hall building.

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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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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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In the Secretary of War Suite at the EEOB in Washington DC, Canning Co. conducted the historic research, defined, and performed the preservation and restoration of historic interior decoration.

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John Canning Co. comprehensive restoration of Aesthetic period decoration designed by Richard M. Upjohn and William McPherson in 1878.

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Our conservation team restored the plasterwork throughout the Colonial Theatre’s auditorium and public spaces, including casting ornamental plaster.

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We provided analysis, interpretation, and implementation of historic restoration services at the McKim building at Boston Public Library.

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The Canning Co. process of archival research, hands-on investigation, scientific analysis, and interpretation led to the successful restoration of Battell Chapel’s original Victorian-era decorative painting scheme.

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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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