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, July 20, 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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A Day in the Park

June 3, 2017, 11:00am - June 3, 2017, 3:00pm

We're planning a big day in the park for June 3, 2017. It is our regular Bubblefest, but we decided to add to it and make it a whole day. We are having Bubble Fest from noon to 2. The K-9 corps are here. Bring your pets and buy a treat for them. The band Good Clean Fun will be here, playing in the shelter. Someone will be in the zoo answering questions. We are having FOOD TRUCKS. Mr. C's hot dogs and an ice cream lady will be here. Park and Rec has assured us that the baby animals are coming to the zoo that day and the pool will open. Thus far is is sponsored by Clare Ollayos and Marty Yochum. Additional sponsors are always needed.

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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.