Gaylord Building News & Announcements:

New Exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery!

Public Reception – Saturday, May 4th 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Behind the Prison Walls is a photographic exhibit by Barbara Eberhard of the Joliet Correction Center known as one of the nation’s toughest prisons, a place where two inmates were squeezed into 4-foot-wide cells. Barbara’s work is at Gallery Seven in the historic Gaylord Building, Lockport. Her images are on exhibit throughout the month of May.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

The Gaylord Building is pleased to announce an Artist in Residence Program with Red Clay Dance!

The Gaylord Building and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are pleased to announce an artist in residence program with Red Clay Dance Company beginning in June 2019 and continuing throughout the summer.  This program, partially funded through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, is rooted with the underlying goal of preserving African American culture throughout the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor.   Red Clay Dance will conduct a series of FREE workshops and classes in the Gaylord Building’s third-floor gallery, 200 W 8th St., Lockport, beginning on Wednesday, June 5th.  Participants can contact the Gaylord Building at (815) 838-9400 for more information or to register for classes.  All workshops and classes are free and open to the public.   Online registration is available HERE.

Making the Artivist Workshops for ages 10 & up:
Wednesday Sessions – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – June 5, June 12, June 19, & June 26
Saturday Sessions – Noon to 1:30 p.m. – June 8 & June 29

Afro-Contemporary Dance Classes for ages over 18:
Wednesday Sessions – 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26 & July 3

Making the Artivist Workshops Flyer

Afro-Contemporary Classes Flyer


Enter a world where history was made. Here, more than 170 years ago, The Gaylord Building played a major role in the 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 Area. Explore the building’s exhibits, enjoy a meal in the Public Landing Restaurant, visit Gallery Seven, experience Lincoln Landing, 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!