About The Gaylord Building

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 re-use 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 second-floor exhibition space is home to Gallery Seven, a fine art gallery featuring work from members along with local, national, and international artists.

The Gaylord Building is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Leadership is provided by a professional staff assisted by a corps of dedicated volunteers.  The Gaylord Building Historic Site Board of Directors is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization.  The Board supports the work of the organization, provides mission-based leadership, strategic governance, and preservation of the Gaylord Building.