Specialty Contracting

Specialty Contracting is the catchall phrase for projects requiring skill, innovation, and precision in handling the manipulation, removal, or reinstallation of historic architectural artwork and plaster, and the design, planning, and coordination of trades for restoration and new period design/build projects.

John Canning & Co. has built a reputation for innovation in solving difficult design and restoration problems. We combine our knowledge of traditional methods and materials of the past and evaluate emerging technologies of the future that, when combined, can reduce risk when mitigating complex historic interiors and artwork restoration. We’ve developed unique approaches for exterior stone repair and restoration, plaster reattachment and stabilization, and are known for project management, scheduling, and engineering complex scaffold systems that protect the public and provide access for all trades when buildings must remain operational during restoration.

SELECTED PROJECTS

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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We carefully installed the new Gothic Revival interior design that references Catholic liturgy, traditional iconography, and celebration of Saint Mary.

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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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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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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 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'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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We were able to uncovered original colors, patterns, and finishes to conserve 24 murals while restoring Stations of the Cross and the scagliola columns.

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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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We provided historic restoration and conservation of ornamental plaster and decorative painting, new murals, and complimentary design that reflects the Catholic liturgy, and honors Saint John.

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