The Gifford Park Association (GPA) is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1979. The goal of GPA is the revitalization, enhancement and  preservation of Elgin’s Historic homes and public buildings with a focus in the Elgin Historic District.

The neighborhood is located in the oldest portions of the city of Elgin, Illinois, and is oddly shaped and roughly bound by Park Street on the north, Center Street/Villa Court on the west, Villa Street on the south, and Liberty Street on the east. Click here for a map of the neighborhood boundaries.

GPA has made great strides in preserving Elgin’s Historic past and actively works to continue that effort. Our members are enthusiastic and proud to show off both their own homes and those of others. Hence, Elgin’s Historic House Tour began. Now in its 34th year, the house tour attendance averages 1,000 people annually. Elgin rallies behind this event every year as all of our GPA members, city officials, and residents gather together to make this one of Elgin’s finest events.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Our annual Pot Luck dinner is Friday April 28 starting at 6:30 at the Lord's Park Pavilion. Our next General Membership meeting  will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 360 Park Street, second floor. General Membership meetings are open to the public. Non-members (and future members) are welcome!

Come to learn whats happening in the neighborhood and build some community.



Become A Member

Membership in GPA lets you tap into a large network of owners and renovators, a chance to salvage architectural elements for your own home, and a subscription to the GPA Gazette with articles, news and tips for working on your home – and a chance to meet, converse, volunteer, learn, educate and socialize with other old-house people.


Click here to view a video on You Tube of a Jerry Turnquist summer 2014 walking tour of the Holy Hill area of the Elgin Historic District.


The 36th Annual Historic House Tour is set for Sept. 9th and 10th, 2017. As new information is available, it will be posted on our website and Facebook page.


View Changes in the Historic District
View Housewalk 2015 edition
View Spring 2015 edition
View Housewalk 2014 edition
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Lots of great art happening just outside the neighborhood this weekend including the opening of Side Street Studio Arts Lab and their 4 year anniversary - March 3, 2017 First Friday in Downtown Elgin is going to be one for the record books! ... See MoreSee Less

Drink & Draw! at the Martini Room

March 3, 2017, 7:00pm - March 3, 2017, 11:00pm

Come watch artists create art right before your eyes while you sip a refreshing cocktail or spirit! Purchase an original sketch, doodle or masterpiece directly from the artist's sketchbook. Featuring over 8 local artists!

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2017 Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant applications are now available!

The Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program provides residential property owners of structures in designated historic districts with reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 for the restoration of exterior architectural features.

Applications for the 2017 Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program are available at cityofelgin.org/historicgrants, or they can be picked up in person in the Community Development Department at City Hall. The deadline for submission of applications and supporting documentation is Friday, March 31.
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Maggie is still missing. No sightings in over a week. Gone from home over a month. We don't want to give up someone has to know her whereabouts. Last spotted near Penfield but she could be anywhere at this point. I pray someone may have taken her in but we need our baby home. Please share this with everyone. Call 217-474-1438 ANYTIME. ... See MoreSee Less