The Gaylord Building

200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441


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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. 

Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated and administered by The Gaylord Building Historic Site, exhibition galleries explore the heritage of the region.​