The Gaylord Building 2017-09-06T21:39:40+00:00

The Gaylord Building

Gaylord Building News & Announcements:

  • 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 exhibits, enjoy a meal in the Public Landing Restaurant, experience the Lincoln Landing designed by the Give Something Back Foundation, or relax with a stroll or bike ride along the scenic canal trail.

Group tours for all ages are available during regular hours of site operation. Call 815-838-9400 to schedule your tour, today!