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 37th 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

A great time was had by kids and adults at out recent Fall Fest.  Click here to see some pictures.  A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors O’Connor Leetz Funeral Home and the Symonds Madison Funeral home for their generous support.

Annual Potluck Dinner will be on April 26th, at Lord’s Park Pavilion, starting at 6:30 P.M.  We will be celebrating our 40th Birthday!!!   Dan has put together our accomplishment over the past 40 years and will present a fascinating slide show. GPA furnishes the main course.  A huge birthday cake will be served.  The potluck will be in place of our monthly meeting.

Our next General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 360 Park Street, second floor.   A proposed Community Garden will be discussed.  General Membership meetings are open to the public. Non-members (and future members) are welcome!  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.

Click here to view a vieo of 25 years of preservation in Elgin.


The 37th Annual Historic House Tour was held Sept. 8th and 9th, 2018.

Click here for info on the 2018 37th annual tour.



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