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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Free Kids Day at Side Street Studio Arts!

December 2, 2017, 2:00pm - December 2, 2017, 6:00pm

Join us during Elgin Winter Wonderland 2017! Saturday, December 2, 2-6pm in the GALLERY. As part of our Community Moves arts education and outreach program, Side Street Studio Arts hosts seasonal make-and-take arts events for children and their grown ups that are free and open to the public. In this open house environment, families are welcome to spend time at Side Street, visiting various art-making stations, making work of their own to take home, and just simply explore the gallery. Free & Open to the Public Don't miss our exhibition celebrating candy culture Pure Imagination, while you're here! Supported in part by the EFS Foundation.

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