Gillis Gilkerson - Construction Managers / General Contractors
150 West Market Street, Suite 200, Riverview Commons, Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-4821 - Fax: 410-749-7934

The Gallery Building

Salisbury, MD

The Gallery Building

For nearly a century Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza was anchored by F. W. Woolworth Company, the nation’s largest retailer. Retail competition increased through the mid-20th century and eventually led to the decline of Woolworth’s, resulting in the business vacating the building. After sitting vacant for many years, the idea of redevelopment was introduced when the Internal Revenue Service announced they needed a new location.

After several previous redevelopment successes, 208-212 West Main Street was purchased in 1992. Over the course of two years Gillis Gilkerson developers planned, approved and completely remodeled over sixty thousand square feet of retail, office and residential space. The historic building was updated to include modern and safety amenities such as a fire suppression system, glass elevator, individual gas & electrical meters; while also maintaining its historic value by utilizing such accents as the original tin ceiling.

The Gallery Building became home to the Regional Art Institute and Gallery, Federal and Local government agencies, local politician’s offices, attorneys, non-profits, apartments, and retail. In August 2015, Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson donated the 85-year-old structure to Salisbury University, spreading the institution’s presence in the trendy downtown business and retail district.

Located within the Historic District, the Arts & Entertainment District, and the Enterprise Zone, The Gallery Building offers a unique experience to all its tenants by providing modern building amenities within walking distance to several restaurants/bars, professional offices, the County Library, the Court System, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the Riverwalk and the City Park.

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What Our Clients Say

“The original roof was only seven years old so finding out that we needed a whole new roof – the hard way – was disappointing. The team from Gillis Gilkerson addressed every single concern we had from the very beginning. They even called me on July 4th when we had bad storms in the area and asked if they could get inside the church to make sure everything was safe and secure. Now that’s commitment.”

~ Bruce Glisson,
Executive Pastor,
Allen Memorial Baptist Church

“I want to take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for the outstanding job you have done despite many obstacles you faced (regulating authorities, weather, architectural nuances) … You managed to complete the project in time, on budget and with superior quality and elegance … You should know that your contributions are highly valued and praised.”

~ Nick Kypreos,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Salisbury School

“Over the years Gillis Gilkerson has handled a variety of jobs for Cato Gas & Oil ranging from new construction of convenience stores to remodeling of office buildings. I have always been satisfied with the timelines of the work, quality of construction, and ability to stay on budget.”

~ Michael Abercrombie Jr.,
Cato Gas & Oil

“I want to commend and thank (Gillis Gilkerson) for your firm’s cooperation and commitment to the construction of the City’s new fire stations and headquarters facility … There’s no doubt in my mind that you have indeed established your credibility as a desirable vendor for future City projects. I would recommend your firm to anyone … ”

~ David B. See,
City of Salisbury Fire Department

“For a design/build project it is unusual for the initial cost estimates and timing to be maintained and in this case the project was completed on time and the costs were held to the contract level. In going into a design/build project like this, one always wonders if the right decision was made on the contractor selected. Now that the project has been completed, I can say that I know we made the right decision with Gillis Gilkerson.”

~ Norman S. Grubb,
Assistant to the President,
USAir Express

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