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 next General Membership meeting  will be held on Thursday, June 15, at 360 Park Street, second floor. General Membership meetings are open to the public. Non-members (and future members) are welcome! Kyla Jacobson will give a very interesting presentation on Elgin water.

Come to learn what's 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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Gifford Park Association shared Elgin Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Gifford Park Association shared Lords Park Zoo - Elgin, Illinois's event. ... See MoreSee Less

History of Lord's Park Zoo

May 25, 2017, 7:00pm - May 25, 2017, 8:00pm

Join the Friends of the Lord's Park Zoo as they share information about the Zoo's beginnnings, how it has changed, stories of how the animals came to reside there and the antics of both animal and human. Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., 847-742-4248. Free, donations accepted.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to support our local Community Crisis Center ! ... See MoreSee Less

Portillo's Night

May 25, 2017, 5:00pm - May 25, 2017, 8:00pm

Come out and support the Community Crisis Center and enjoy some good food. Bring in the flyer or show on your Smart phone and 20% of the profits will benefit the Crisis Center. Also works in the Drive-thru. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are attending the Monster Mash-Up event this weekend at Side Street Studio Arts - you can bring your own t-shirt, sweatshirt, or total bag and get it screened with their logo for FREE! See the events pages for times and details, happening just on the edge of our neighborhood starting on First Friday, May 5th! Going to be a busy Cinco De Mayo in Downtown Elgin! ... See MoreSee Less

Gifford Park Association shared Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project's post. ... See MoreSee Less