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

The NEXT "MEETING" is the House Tour Kick-0ff Brunch, which is scheduled for 10 to noon on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Historical Society Museum. Special guests will be the homeowners.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP Dan Miller at dmiller155@aol.com.

Our next General Membership meeting  will be held on Thursday, September 17 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.


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.


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.


Consider stopping by Elgin International Festival this weekend and grabbing a gnome bank. They've been painted by local artists and all proceeds go to support PADS of Elgin, Inc.. Orchestrated by GPA resident John LaFleur who called on the generous support and enthusiasm of artists from all around and beyond Elgin to re-imagine the same gnome form and be inspired by their heritage (or if that doesn't inspire them...to just wing it). All gnomes are $25 - cash, check (payable to PADS of Elgin) or charge. First come, first served! ... See MoreSee Less

Getting ready for Elgin Historic House Tour at homeowner breakfast ... See MoreSee Less

Here are some nice drawings of buildings in Dundee township from a 1983 Calendar. picasaweb.google.com/117267760766058124029/August192015#slideshow/6184946121075747186 ... See MoreSee Less

Gifford Park Association updated their profile picture. ... See MoreSee Less

Last night's members reception at the Elgin History Museum ... See MoreSee Less