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 36th 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. Click here to see a preview of the 2017 tour.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Our next General Membership meeting  will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 360 Park Street, second floor. General Membership meetings are open to the public. Non-members (and future members) are welcome! Josh VonDran, our code inspector will talk to us about code enforcement in Elgin. 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.


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Resident Show Case of Art, Music & Poetry

February 17, 2018, 7:00pm - February 18, 2018, 12:00am

Who Is Artspace Come check us out ! There will be Live Music & Art performed at Art space!. The opening reception will feature over 30 resident artists. The music will be performed by a few of our musicians and the Art is by all the artists in the buliding. Come and enjoy some great music and look at some fabulous Art. This is a free event!

one of the best parts of our Downtown Elgin revitalization - who can believe it's been 5 years?!!! Congratulations to all at Side Street Studio Arts! ... See MoreSee Less

V: Celebrating five years of Side Street

March 2, 2018, 6:00pm - March 2, 2018, 10:00pm

Celebrating five years of Side Street Studio Arts with live performances, art making, visual art, the Side Street family, and much much more! Featuring the work these amazing artists: David Bremer Ursula Kempken Buol Lizzy Sommer Mike Rende Bruce Bachelder Bobby Rowland Lukas Suzzi Chris Palm Marisa Boyd Lauran Hon Jesse Pace Jane Erlandson Natalie Pivoney Ignacio martinez Jamey Bouwmeester Maddie Richmond Scott A. Maki Kevin Hunter Saffron Klekamp Rana Sadek Chloe Topf Sara Peak Convery Lance Long Birger Norlund Christensen Ken Simonsen Anna Vannoni Karl Jahnke Valerie Elise Jade Morem Adrian Mesino Peter Brankovic Mary Caravette Jeff Kolak Erin Cramer Joni Sullivan Mary Sheehan Brian Garbrecht Jamie Neely Janelle O'Malley $5 suggested donation Stay tuned for the full schedule: 4:15-6:15pm Drop-In Small Wonders in the Theater 6-8pm Judging and Audience Voting for V 6-9pm Open Screen Print in the Lab with Freddrick D. Wimms, featuring original design by Chris Palm Bring your own t-shirt $5/Need a t-shirt $10 8pm Think Easy in the Theater 8:45pm Old Jaw in Theater 9pm Announcement of V prize winners in the Gallery 9:30pm Watch City in Theater Sponsored in part by Elgin Public House and the Illinois Arts Council Agency #supportlocalart #downtownElgin #firstFriday #makestuff #v

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Downtown Stakeholders meeting

February 5, 2018, 2:00pm - February 5, 2018, 3:00pm

Join us on Monday, February 5th from 2-3pm for a Downtown Stakeholder meeting at #10 North Spring Street (second floor). We encourage business owners/managers, building owners, and residents who would like to be involved to come and meet fellow downtown stakeholders and the DNA team. Our featured presentation will be on our new all-inclusive Membership structure. Find out what has changed, get your questions answered and learn how DNA membership and involvement can support your success in Downtown Elgin. We will also have an officer from the Elgin Police Department on hand to provide updates on crime stats and police work within our Downtown and will provide info on DNA's plan for regular Stakeholders meetings in 2018. Hope to see you all there!

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