Renovation, Restoration & Beautification Services
Successfully restoring, renovating or preserving sacred interiors requires careful planning, design and coordination.
The decision to renovate, restore, or beautify your place of worship (whether a church, temple, synagogue, or other sacred space) is an exciting one—and, as it carries the potential to reinvigorate the faith and passion of your parish, it is one that deserves to be celebrated.
But even the simplest of restorations or renovations can be a complex endeavor. Funds must be raised, budgets proposed, designs generated, trades coordinated, and activities sequenced in a careful, logical way in order to bring the project to a successful finish—all while preserving and amplifying the spiritual significance of the existing structure and iconography.
Without this careful planning, it is not uncommon for a church beautification project to lag behind schedule, miss important milestones, and potentially even fail in its original intent.
With more than 40 years of experience providing preservation, conservation, restoration, and custom design services to sacred places, Canning Liturgical Arts understands the unique challenges associated with church renovations and restorations.
Our on-staff project managers, conservators, and tradesmen all possess an intimate understanding of the significance of different religious traditions, symbolism, iconography, and ceremony, and are skilled in all stages of design, planning, and construction. We pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with spiritual leaders, parish committees, architects, designers, and members of the general congregation in order to ensure that the final result is one that all members of the community will be happy with.
Planning & Analysis Services
Analysis and planning form the bedrock of any successful church beautification project.
Thorough analysis enables us to understand what currently exists—on the logistical, ecclesiastical, historic, and decorative levels—and may inform everything from materials selection to decorative technique, color palette, motifs, iconography, and more.
Project planning and management may entail everything from consulting services (including the development of project budgets and scope) to scheduling, the selection and management of subcontractors, and other general contracting duties.
Design & Consulting Services
When we approach a beautification project, we do not seek to change the architectural design of a church, but rather to expand on its existing style, adding decoration in the same design as the building. Preserving the integrity and splendor of sacred buildings is an integral part of our mission.
On some projects we take the role as ecclesiastical design consultants, collaborating with building committees to select products and services with both the highest quality and the best price. Depending on the scope of a project, we may provide a range of design services—such as renderings and mockups—that can be incredibly useful as fundraising tools and in getting the congregation excited about the project.
Final design work can include everything from the creation of new decorative elements (sacred murals, wood and stone furnishings, gilding, ornamental plaster) to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of existing elements.
“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, MASSACHUSETTS
“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
“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
We were involved in paint analysis, plaster stabilization, and creating a new ceiling and beam structure independent of the severely compromised Garrett Hall building.
In redesigning the Chapel, Canning designers were able to make reference to traditional architectural details, like a gothic boss, with a new interpretation that blends seamlessly with the mid-century modern lines.