Exterior of Gaylord Building

photo by: Carol Highsmith

Historic Sites

The Gaylord Building

  • Constructed: 1838
  • Location: Lockport, Illinois

The Gaylord Building played a vital role in one of the great enterprises of the 19th century: the Illinois & Michigan Canal. A landmark since 1838, its many tenants and uses exemplify the canal’s commercial success as the key to mastery of the American mid-continent. This handsome limestone warehouse originally stored canal construction materials and later housed a variety of commercial ventures. Today it is a national example of adaptive reuse and serves as a gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Guests can explore the heritage of the region in the exhibition galleries, and dine in the renowned Public Landing Restaurant.

The Gaylord Building is a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Leadership is provided by a local Advisory Council, which advises the National Trust on issues related to the canal landmark. The site is professionally managed with the assistance of a corps of dedicated volunteers.

The Gaylord Building is also a member of the National Trust's Distinctive Destinations program.

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