Welcome!

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, August 20 at 7:00 pm.   If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

GPA meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month except April which is the annual membership pot luck and December which is our Christmas party. Meetings are held at  the Elgin Area Historical Society museum at 360 Park Street, second floor. General Membership meetings are open to the public. Non-members (and future members) are welcome!

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.

Newsworthy

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.

Housewalk

The 34th Annual Historic House Tour is set for Sept. 12, 2015. As new information is available, it will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Newsletters

View Spring 2015 edition
View Housewalk 2014 edition
View full archive

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Our House Tour posters are here! Thanks, Elgin's Allegra Printing and GPA Trish LaFleur! ... See MoreSee Less

Gifford Park Association updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

We are still seeking one more house captain for this year's tour - please message if you are available to do a a 4 hour or so shift. You'll have the rest of the day to do the tour and attend our evening after party of volunteers, docents, house captains, GPA riff-raff and our generous Homeowners on the tour! ... See MoreSee Less

34th Annual Historic House Tour

September 12, 2015, 9:00am - September 12, 2015, 5:00pm

Elgin Historic District, Elgin, Illinois 60120

Details to follow - in the planning stages - SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date for this fall event at the Elgin Public Museum! ... See MoreSee Less

The Geology and History of The Fox River

November 14, 2015, 2:00pm

Elgin Public Museum

$5 non-members Members - are free If you’ve always wondered how the landscape we enjoy today in the Fox River Valley came to be, you won’t want to miss “The Geology and History of the Fox River,” on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin, Illinois. Starting at 2:00 p.m. when geographer and historian Michael Chuinard will explore the geography and the history of the river and its valley that shaped the lives of the inhabitants living in the region starting with the river’s Ice Age genesis. From the Fox Valley’s occupation by Native American groups to the pioneer era right up to modern times, the river was a major draw for every group of humans who made it their home during the last 15,000 years. Topics will include the geologic history of the Fox Valley; the stunning Fox River Torrent that created the Fox Valley in the blink of a geological eye; the Native Americans who made the area their home; why early pioneers decided to settle along the river; how dams on the river, industry, and other human activities have affected the Fox Valley; the region’s wildlife; and future threats to the river and its valley. . If you’ve always wondered how the landscape we enjoy today in the Fox River Valley came to be, you won’t want to miss “The Geology and History of the Fox River,” on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 pm. .

It's getting close, less than two months away! Be sure and Save the Date! We are looking for 4 more house captains on the day of the tour. Please PM us if you are available! ... See MoreSee Less

34th Annual Historic House Tour

September 12, 2015, 9:00am - September 12, 2015, 5:00pm

Elgin Historic District, Elgin, Illinois 60120

Details to follow - in the planning stages - SAVE THE DATE!