Almost all homeowners have some degree of pride in their homes, but when you start seeing people take pride in their neighborhood then something bigger is starting to happen. Pride in your neighbor’s home, as well as your own is one of the building blocks for creating a sense of of place and community. Since 1981, the Historic Elgin House Tour has been – among other things – an attempt to create those building blocks.
GPA’s efforts have been joined by other neighborhood groups. Together we have showcased hundreds of homes, scores of city blocks, and dozens of neighborhoods. We have demonstrated how preservation, rehabilitation, and good stewardship help create desirable neighborhoods. We have inspired people to repair, maintain, and restore older homes – to retrieve these houses from neglect and the teeth of time. We have also celebrated homes that have always been lovingly cared for, homes that are examples of good design, and those that are the products of skillful tradesman and thoughtful ownership.
Joining the Gifford Park Association is free and open to anyone who appreciates historic preservation!