About unLOCK

unLOCK: Merging Art and Industry in Downtown Lockport is a citywide multimedia art experience that has commissioned new works by eleven artists to interpret the region's unique history and engage audiences through public installations and arts programming. Through the arts, this project aims to galvanize the city’s unique heritage as an industrial hub to propel revitalization efforts of the city’s historic downtown. Through unLOCK, both community members and visitors will gain a richer understanding of the role that Lockport and the region played in revolutionizing the development of the Midwest and glean insight into how this industrial heritage can contribute to fueling future economic growth and building community identity. This project is administered by the Gaylord Building and supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant. 


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 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.  A local Advisory Council provides recommendations to the National Trust staff on issues related to the canal landmark.