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The Mission of The Gaylord Building, a national model of adaptive reuse, is a laboratory for historic preservation in the Communities along the Illinois & Michigan Canal.
The Vision for The Gaylord Building is to enhance the National Trust portfolio of historic sites and contribute to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor by embracing adaptive reuse and integrating historic interpretation with revenue generating business models.
The Gaylord Building, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 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 serves as a national example of adaptive re-use and is a gateway to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor.
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