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, October 19, 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.


View Changes in the Historic District
View Housewalk 2015 edition
View Spring 2015 edition
View Housewalk 2014 edition
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The weather gods appear to be ready to shine on Elgin for this signature event...high of 72 that day with an overnight low of 59...who's going? ... See MoreSee Less

Nightmare on Chicago Street 2017

October 21, 2017, 6:00pm - October 21, 2017, 11:00pm

Seven years ago, downtown Elgin barricaded and boarded up its beautiful, historic downtown, and citizens rallied inside the "Safe Zone" that was created --- helping defend the city from the Zombie Menace!!! Historically, the City of Elgin has secretly managed an annual uprising with the undead that dates back to early settlers. Through the years, a rag-tag group of trained citizens have managed to contain the outbreak, without alerting the general population. But seven years ago, the Zombie Defense Initiative knew they couldn't contain the outbreak of undead without enlisting the help of others. The ZDI sent out a call, and had no idea if any were brave enough to answer it. Every year since then, thousands come to downtown Elgin, where there are multiple stages of live music, street performers, food, merchandise and drinks. With the military presence, armoured police vehicles, tanks and helicopters, you will feel like you're on the set of a zombie-survival movie set. But this is real, and this experience is ONE NIGHT ONLY, for 5 short hours. When you walk around every corner, *BAM* You won't believe what you see! 17+ (Anyone under the age of 17 must remain with parent or guardian the entire time. There are scary props, costuming and people drinking in the streets. Absolutely no strollers allowed.)

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Gifford Park Association shared Elgin City of Peace's post. ... See MoreSee Less

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Art Harvest

October 28, 2017, 1:00pm - October 28, 2017, 4:00pm

Join the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and downtown Elgin businesses for the second-annual Art Harvest! This free family-friendly event is a celebration of the arts and the season, and this year we will be unveiling the three new pieces of public art! Events include things like a community yarn-bomb spiderweb, paint your own pumpkin, inside-out haunted house, arts and craft project, and the art hunt! The art hunt leads participants on a hunt for public art in downtown Elgin. Find the art, meet an artist, get a sticker and return your map to Art Central @ DuPage Court for prizes! While you are on the art hunt, check out the downtown businesses that will be open for trick or treating! For inclement weather, we will be relocating to the Centre of Elgin. Check here for updates on relocating. #publicart #downtownElgin #trickortreat #communityprojects

Award dinner open to the public this year hope to see you there ... See MoreSee Less

Great House Tour coverage - thanks Elgin Today! ... See MoreSee Less