AAA Editor Notes
Gaylord Building is at 200 W. 8th St. Built of limestone excavated during construction of the adjacent canal, the Gaylord Building was completed in 1838 as a depot for materials needed to dig the 96-mile-long Illinois & Michigan Canal, which linked Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River and created a trade corridor from New York to the Gulf of Mexico. The building later housed a variety of commercial ventures.
Exhibits within feature art galleries and photographs and newspaper articles describing the canal’s construction. Visitors can see tools and building materials laborers used. The building and canal area are part of I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, which follows the canal route from Chicago to Peru.
Educational programs and special events are offered.
Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.