Testimonials


They [Canning] discovered additional layers of decoration in some areas that expanded upon the recommendations of the previous consultants, and that work is what was undertaken.
— Charles D. Liddy, Jr., FAIA, Principal, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Canning’s professionalism, cleanliness, efficiency, and organizational skills were superb. Their enthusiasm and their respect for working in a sacred building were evident at all times.
— Reverend Paul B. O’Brien, Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Lawrence, Massachusettes
The firm’s knowledge of historic finishes, their attention to the minute detail of every feature, the consideration they give to all documentation of original features, from historic photographs to paint sampling, and their dedication to appropriate restoration are impressive.
— Andrea F. Schoenfeld, Vice President, Cosmos Club Historic Preservation Foundation, Washington DC
Canning’s thorough knowledge of period decoration and methodology, as well as traditional materials, was a valuable contribution to the project team.
— Amanda Edwards, PA-AIC, LEED Green Assoc., Joh Milner Associates, Inc. Architects, Archeologists, Planners, Alexandria, Virginia
Their team of professionals were experienced in the use of traditional methods and materials as well as serving as advocates for the preservation of the historical and architectural integrity of Virginia’s Capitol.
— Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk of the Senate, Commonwealth of Virginia
It has been my pleasure to work with the John Canning Co. for over 15 years. Their talent and skill in execution is unique in the arena of historic restoration projects.
— Michael A. MacDonald, Director of Business Development, Downes Construction Company, New Britain, Connecticut
With all the beautiful, quality work, the manager will remember you most for finishing two months early, allowing him to rent out the room for spring events. The room is one of the [Cosmos] club’s biggest sources of revenue.
— G. William Whiting, Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Greenbelt, Maryland
Your research into period appropriate means and methods for the original installation was instrumental in changing the specification to a non-destructive repair and restructuring of the ceilings.
— Robert J. Stelma, PE, LEED, AP, Senior Project Manager, The Christman Company, Reston, Virginia
Canning understands materials and specifications, especially traditional materials and techniques, and understands and appreciates the benefits of a truly collaborative effort in design excellence. [WV Capitol Dome]
— Elizabeth A. Moss, LEED AP, Architectural Conservator, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, New York City
I can’t thank you enough for your patience, expertise, and guidance. I cannot imagine the project without you and your team.
— John Trosino, Senior Associate, Kling Stubbins Architecture, Engineering, Interiors, Planning, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The work was, in every case, excellent. Whenever there was a question, a prompt and respectful response was always given. Any changes in the work were most graciously accepted.
— Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Prefect, Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Canning brought to light the variety and the inventiveness of past generations in architecture.
— Duncan G. Stroik, AIA, Principal Duncan G. Stroik Architect, South Bend, Indiana
Canning has brought an outstanding common sense attitude of accomplishment to their work when many others are lost within myriad complex issues.
— Ruthann Hubbard-Kemper, Executive Director, Pennsylvania capitol Preservation Committee, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Canning’s craft and artistry take aspects of a design to absolute levels of refinement that bring new works to unexpected levels of delight. Visitors are amazed that such craft is still alive and well in our expedient world.
— John I. Meyer, AIA, Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, Boston, Massachusetts
We have chosen to work with Canning almost exclusively on decorative conservation work for over twenty years in recognition of their overall abilities.
— Arthur H. Page IV, Page Conservation, Inc., Washington DC
I have had the pleasure of working with artisans in many countries overseas. Canning truly ranks among the best in the world!
— Viven P. Woofter, IIDA, Cultural Heritage Officer, Overseas Buildings Operations, US Department of State
I’m writing to express our great satisfaction with the work you performed. The project involved both technical expertise and diplomacy on your part in working with the Church and its parishioners during construction.
— Anne Holford-Smith, Senior Associate, Platt Board Dovell White Architects, New York City
During the interview, they were helpful and informative, and they presented us with a cost-effective way to salvage the original decorative scheme.
— Cynthia Hinson, President, Historic Preservation & Illumination, Cranbury, New Jersey
As a General Contractor on our project, Canning was presented with a number of very difficult, unforeseen challenges. Their diligence, ingenuity, and professionalism guided us through.
— Rebecca L. Oetjen, Project Manage, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York
For those of us who have final responsibility for quality of work, your cooperative and thorough concern with both large and small details were very much appreciated.
— George B. Cash, Construction Manager, Yale University
Working much more efficiently than I thought possible, your team was able to complete the restoration of the entire corridor within the three weeks of access during the Senate recess.
— Barbara Wolanin, Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Senate West Front Corridor, United States Capitol, Washington, DC
The discovery of the original colors and the way your crew approached this project shows the professionalism of John Canning Co. Your workmen, while here, conducted themselves as gentlemen and left a good impression on the people with whom they came in contact.
— Bob Carroll, Project Manager, Hendricks County Engineer Hendricks County Courthouse, Danville, Indiana
Finding remnants of original decorative patterns that had been whitewashed for 75 years. [John Canning Co.] restored them to their splendor and created a beautiful worship space for the present day community.
— John I. Meyer, AIA, Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, Massachusetts