Our knowledge and expertise in materials and preservation techniques allows us to provide problem-solving solutions for architects and clients from concept to project completion.
John Canning & Co. prides itself on creating a collaborative environment with the project team - Owner/Architect/Contractor. With over 40 years of experience in working in National Landmarks and historic buildings, we are able to thoughtfully conceptualize a project from the design phase through implementation.
For renovations and modernization projects, we are able to inform the process along the way through historic research, paint investigations, and plaster surveys. Renderings, drawings, and mock-ups provide a visual for the project and help define the project scope. Self-performing various trade services, our on staff Project Managers, conservators, and craftsmen are able to manage the schedule and costs to ensure the project goals are met.
Consulting & Pre-Construction Services For Each Stage of a Project
PRE-CONSTRUCTION & PLANNING
HISTORIC BUILDING CONDITIONS ASSESSMENT
HISTORIC PAINT ANALYSIS
PLASTER CONDITIONS SURVEY
Collaborating with Organizations Nationally
Academy of Music Ballroom
John Canning & Co. uncovered and reinstated the lost historic decorative scheme.
John Canning Co. consultation began with an historic paint analysis, investigation and exposures, and a plaster conditions analysis in the Academy of Music ballroom.
The work to be restored in the ballroom was completed in 1857. We referenced an 1860 photograph to inform our meticulous replication of the original design scheme. Where we could not determine the original decoration, we created new decoration working in the established style.
Layers of overpaint
We have found that we can rely on Canning’s sound judgement and high level of attention to completing the work on time and on budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of documentation can be provided?
Depending on the scope of work, a findings report or conditions assessment can be provided to document the existing conditions of the historic material.
Architectural drawings are often prepared to map or document areas of repair and restoration. Digital or watercolor renderings can be provided to represent the historic scheme within a space.
Do you consult on other materials besides paint and plaster?
Yes, our on staff architectural materials conservators are experienced in various materials and substrates including, stone, metal, and woodwork.
We will work closely with the design team to develop conservation solutions or document areas requiring repair, patching, or replication.
Do you review specifications and consult on material selection?
Yes, our knowledge in historic materials and finishes allows us to assist in material selection and execution to be incorporated in specifications.
Where VOC and LEED limits are to be maintained, we will work with the project team to identify products that will meet the requirements while respecting the historic integrity of the finish.