The Gaylord Building

Gaylord Building News:

  • Gaylord Building to hold opening reception on Thursday, October 27th at 5:30pm for the newest exhibit, Unlocking the Past: From Prison to Vision. >>>> Click here to register.


  • Gaylord Building Executive Director Pam Owens, Advisory Council Member Dr. Dennis Cremin, and Joliet Area Historical Museum Director Greg Peerbolte hold a panel discussion at the Conference on Illinois History in Springfield, IL. >>>> Click here to read more.



Enter a world where history was made. Here, more than 170 years ago, The Gaylord Building played a major role in creation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the final link in America’s great water highway system of the 19th century. This handsome canal-side building, made of local limestone that was unearthed while digging the canal, is a vivid link to the past.

Today The Gaylord Building is a gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Explore the building’s canal exhibits. Enjoy a meal in its Public Landing Restaurant. Relax with a stroll or bike ride along the scenic canal trail. Linger in the nearby shops of historic downtown Lockport.

Visit The Gaylord Building, your destination for family fun.