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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, October 20, 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. , 2017. As new information is available, it will be posted on our website and Facebook page.


View Changes in the Historic District
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View Housewalk 2014 edition
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Gifford Park Association shared Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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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Looking for something fun to do? Grab a walking Historic Elgin House Tour guide from Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau & enjoy Elgin's beautiful history!

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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

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Krampus Krawl

December 10, 2016, 6:00pm - December 10, 2016, 11:00pm

Celebrating our annual art exhibit / Krampuslauf in Elgin! We are excited to be partnering with our friends at the Martini Room for a night of Krampus-inspired art, eats, drinks, and fun. 6-8pm Side Street Studio Arts - all ages Krampus-inspired art, smores, storytelling, treats from Herbs Bakery, tintype photos with Doug Hanson, delicious food from Blue Box Cafe, and more... $5 Suggested Donation 8-10pm Martini Room - 21+ Krampus-inspired cocktails, costume contest, live music from Alpine Thunder 9:30pm Krampus-inspired Costume Contest #supportlocalart #drinklocal #downtownElgin #krampus