The Gaylord Building

The Gaylord Building We are a 185-year-old historic site on the I&M Canal in Lockport, Illinois. Today The Ga***rd Building is a gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.
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Our building serves as a national example of adaptive reuse, where visitors enjoy historical exhibits, fine art in Gallery Seven, and dining in the Public Landing Restaurant. Explore the building's canal exhibits. Enjoy a meal in the Public Landing Restaurant. Relax with a stroll or bike ride along the scenic canal trail. Linger in the nearby antique shops of historic downtown Lockport. Donations are accepted here: https://gaylordbuilding.org/donate/

This wood fuse box was found during the 1983-87 rehabilitation of our building. It probably dates back to the earliest i...
12/07/2023

This wood fuse box was found during the 1983-87 rehabilitation of our building. It probably dates back to the earliest installation of electricity here. The white substance inside the box is asbestos, a common insulator of the time.

Behind this inconspicuous door lies the Ga***rd Building storage closet. Outside of regular use (storing maintenance sup...
12/01/2023

Behind this inconspicuous door lies the Ga***rd Building storage closet. Outside of regular use (storing maintenance supplies, holiday decorations, etc.) it has not been thoroughly searched or inventoried for years. That changes next week. There’s a lot of cool history on those shelves, and we’ll keep you updated on what we find.

While you’re enjoying Christmas in the Square, take a stroll one block away to the Ga***rd Building and visit the Galler...
11/24/2023

While you’re enjoying Christmas in the Square, take a stroll one block away to the Ga***rd Building and visit the Gallery Seven Holiday Gift Show. This annual event, featuring local vendors selling their holiday crafts, is located on the 2nd floor, upstairs from Public Landing Restaurant, and will be open noon-5. Also open Sunday noon-3. Shop local for Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ga***rd Building! This year marks the 160th anniversary of this national holiday. The credit...
11/22/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ga***rd Building! This year marks the 160th anniversary of this national holiday. The credit for its creation must go to New Hampshire native Sarah Josepha Hale, who spent 50 years lobbying for a National Day of Thanksgiving. Before 1863, days of thanksgiving were held sporadically throughout the states and territories, usually at the end of harvest season, but not in a consistent way. Hale grew up celebrating Thanksgiving in New England and believed a national holiday would unify the country. She was a prolific writer, famous for writing the children’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and one of the nation’s first female magazine editors. During her 30 years as editor of Godey’s Lady Book, a periodical that reached over 150,000 readers, Hale wrote multiple essays calling for the national holiday. She also wrote hundreds of letters to newspapers, clergy, local and state officials, governors, and five different sitting presidents. It wasn’t until she wrote to President Abraham Lincoln that her efforts finally paid off. Lincoln agreed with her idea, and on October 3, 1863, signed into action “A National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

It's National Architecture Day, and we'd like to honor Charles "Chuck" Gregersen, the architect for the restoration of t...
11/01/2023

It's National Architecture Day, and we'd like to honor Charles "Chuck" Gregersen, the architect for the restoration of the Ga***rd Building. Gregersen dedicated his life to historic preservation and played an integral role in creating the Pullman Historic District. He passed away in 2022, but because of his work, several buildings in the Chicagoland area have been saved for future generations.

Charles E. Gregersen passed away peacefully on November 20, 2022.

Gregersen, a revered and award-winning architect and member emeritus of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.), dedicated his life to the cause of historic preservation. Fortunately for us, he expended much of his time and talent here in Pullman, where he lived for five decades.

Fascinated by architecture from an early age, at 13 years old, he persuaded his aunt to take him to the 1956 exhibition of the works of Louis Sullivan at the Art Institute of Chicago. Two years later, as a teenager, he met and befriended photographer and architectural preservationist Richard Nickel, who shared a passion for the works of Adler and Sullivan. By 17, Gregersen had become the youngest member of The Chicago Heritage Committee, the forerunner of what would become the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Gregersen worked alongside Nickel—and later with John Vinci, David Norris, Tim Samuelson, et al.—in noble, but unsuccessful efforts, to prevent the demolition of the Garrick Theater (1891) and the Chicago Stock Exchange (1893). But thanks to their efforts, these architectural masterworks were documented extensively and much of their architectural ornament salvaged.

In 1972, Gregersen with James Simek and Paul Petraitis authored the Chicago Landmarks Commission’s report that led to the designation of the South Pullman Historic District as a City Landmark. Again, in the early 1990s, Gregersen was called upon by the Commission to testify on behalf of adding North Pullman to the Landmark District.

Gregersen applied his talents as an architect to document and restore Pullman’s architecture. He created detailed architectural elevations of the surviving half of Tenement “Block E” before its demolition in 1972. He executed painstakingly accurate drawings of Pullman’s Water Tower, a structure about which he knew more about than any other person. Presciently, Gregersen completed detailed elevations of the Pullman “Clock Tower” Factory Administration Building for the Historical Architectural Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1973. After the devastating fire in 1998, Gregersen’s drawings were integral to the reconstruction of the Factory Administration Building, which now houses the visitors center for the Pullman National Monument.

Beyond Pullman, Gregersen restored the Ga***rd Building (1838) in Lockport, Illinois. For this project, Ga***rd Donnelly received the President’s Historic Preservation Award from Ronald Reagan in 1988. Today the building anchors the historic area of the I&M Canal and is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In addition to his talents in architecture, Gregersen had an encyclopedic and analytical mind that made him a natural scholar and storyteller. In Dankmar Adler: His Theatres and Auditoriums (1990), he illuminates the role of Dankmar Adler, whose contributions tend to be overshadowed by his partner Louis Sullivan. In Louis Sullivan and His Mentor: John Herman Edelmann, Architect (2013), Gregersen looks at Sullivan’s formative years as an apprentice in Edelmann’s architectural office, exploring the influence of this experience on Sullivan’s later work. Most recently, he had written an article providing compelling evidence that Pullman’s Water Tower (1880), not William Le Baron Jenney’s Home Insurance Building (1884), was actually the first skyscraper. A claim that, if proven true, would rewrite American architectural history and provide another accolade for Pullman.

Ultimately, Gregersen loved Pullman—deeply. He did everything in his power to protect and preserve it because he had seen from an early age how quickly and recklessly works of great historical and architectural significance could be plundered in the name of progress. With the passing of Charles E. Gregersen, Pullman’s protection now falls to us.

Just a few more days.  Tickets are still available, but going FAST!
10/19/2023

Just a few more days. Tickets are still available, but going FAST!

Ravens & Revenge: From the Mind of Edgar Allan Poe Welcome to the Halloween season, where gray overcast skies give way to haunting, misshapen shadows and the darkest nights. This year, Limestone Stage invites you to celebrate the grand master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, as we present dramatic r...

The view from our third-floor office. If the dreary weather has got you down, stroll through Lincoln Landing and see all...
10/19/2023

The view from our third-floor office. If the dreary weather has got you down, stroll through Lincoln Landing and see all this gorgeous color!

10/16/2023

Our resident artist, Kathryn Claahsen completed her final piece of art from the last Fridays in the Park. This is the September show featuring "Strung Out". Amazing work!

In honor of National German-American Day, we’d like to recognize German immigrant Julius Scheibe, a master stone mason w...
10/06/2023

In honor of National German-American Day, we’d like to recognize German immigrant Julius Scheibe, a master stone mason who designed and constructed the three-story, Italianate-style addition on the east side of the Ga***rd Building. In 1859, the building’s owner, Col. George B. Martin, hired Scheibe to build the 24x92 foot limestone addition to the already existing warehouse (built in 1838). Col. Martin used the addition as office space and a general store. Scheibe constructed several stone and brick structures in and around Lockport, including the village’s first stone schoolhouse and the first stone bridge over the Des Plaines River. He is buried alongside his wife, Elizabeth, in Lockport Cemetery.

Thank you, Nancy Cole Ramirez for bringing families from Heart Home Educators for a plant scavenger hunt from Illinois S...
10/04/2023

Thank you, Nancy Cole Ramirez for bringing families from Heart Home Educators for a plant scavenger hunt from Illinois State Msm Lockport Gallery to The Ga***rd Building! It was a great day for exploring along the canal!

Tickets are selling fast!  This is going to be so much fun.  Link to tickets below!
10/03/2023

Tickets are selling fast! This is going to be so much fun. Link to tickets below!

Ravens & Revenge: From the Mind of Edgar Allan Poe Welcome to the Halloween season, where gray overcast skies give way to haunting, misshapen shadows and the darkest nights. This year, Limestone Stage invites you to celebrate the grand master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, as we present dramatic r...

09/27/2023
We loved having Illinois History students from Lewis University visit Lincoln Landing and the Ga***rd Building today!  T...
09/27/2023

We loved having Illinois History students from Lewis University visit Lincoln Landing and the Ga***rd Building today! Thank you, Dennis Cremin for introducing us to your students!

Stop by with your painting supplies on September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  Those fall colors are already beginning!
09/15/2023

Stop by with your painting supplies on September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Those fall colors are already beginning!

We welcomed Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and staff to the Ga***rd Building today to view the "African American Voices ...
09/06/2023

We welcomed Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and staff to the Ga***rd Building today to view the "African American Voices from Joliet's Southend" exhibition. Thank you, Dennis Cremin, staff, and students at Lewis University for your time and dedication to telling this important story and sharing the exhibit with us.

Please join us at Lewis University on September 14th.  Registration is still open, link below!
08/29/2023

Please join us at Lewis University on September 14th. Registration is still open, link below!

The Lewis University History Center and the Ga***rd Building Historic Site are hosting a

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