Norton Building.

     In Lockport, Illinois on 10th Street and the Illinois and Michigan Canal is an imposing structure known as the Norton Building.     This building was constructed in the 1850’s by Hiram Norton, a local entrepreneur.  It was 3 and one half stories high.  The limestone used in its construction was quarried locally.   It was strategically located between the I and M Canal on the west and the Chicago and Alton Railroad on the east.   The Norton Company was a major player in Lockport economy for nearly 50 years.  It was a large employer and helped to establish the city as an agricultural center.
     The Norton Building had many uses during its history.  It was used to house grain; it was a supply store: it was used as dormitory for canal workers; it was used as a grain processing facility to the 1950’s. Norton, Inc. was sold to American Grains in 1897. It was subsequently sold to Quaker Oats. In the 1950’s, it was sold to a steel fabricator.

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Norton Building

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Norton Building

In 1980’s, it was sold to the Norton Building and Company. This organization undertook an extensive restoration project. It was developed as a multi-use facility. There were residential lofts, offices, and commercial space. The Illinois State Museum Complex occupied most of the first floor.

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