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 in 1981. Now in its 38th year, the house tour attendance averages 1,500 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

Join us for our annual Christmas party at the Elgin Public House on December 15.  Click here for more info.

Enter the Historic District Christmas Home decorating contest by clicking here.

Our next General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, at 360 Park Street,  second floor, at 7:00 pm. We will have a goal setting session and a proposed budget for 2020 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 video of 25 years of preservation in Elgin.

Click here to view a video on the history of the Elgin Watch Factory depot.


Click here to go to the Housewalk web site for more info on the 2020 tour.





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Full Moon is out tonight! 🙌
It is looking magnificent amid the Elgin History Museum within our Elgin Historic District! 😍
📷: Carolyn Buhrow of MODE De VIE Studio
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Amanda Carlson

Check out the posts by Tea Marrocco on WHIE for some lovely observations about Elgin.
*She's a colleague, so I'm a bit based.* 😉
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Are you a member of the Gifford Park Association? If not, do you live in the Gifford Park Area?
Join us for our Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15th at Elgin Public House!🎄 We will be upstairs from 6PM-10PM. Appetizers, holiday cheer, and great company will be provided. BONUS: Please bring a donation for Elgin Community Crisis Center and you will be automatically entered into our Basket Giveaway that evening! 😍 We will also be announcing the winners of our Christmas Home Decor Contest at the party!
Please RSVP to Peggy Bernar: [email protected] before Friday, December 13th. Hope to see you there!
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