Gifford Park Association - Elgin, Illinois


  Wing Mansion


To view a video of a Jerry Turnquist walking tour of the Holy Hill area of the Elgin Historic District click here.  

"Best Place to Buy an Old House" contest

When This Old House Magazine encouraged people to nominate the "Best Place to Buy an Old House," both GPA and NENA (Northeast Neighborhood Association) recognized their neighborhoods and their city as aware worthy. In the July/August 2009 issue of This Old House, Elgin, Illinois was named the "Best Place for Fixer-Uppers" in the U.S.! We were also nominated in six other categories. The beautiful house photos were taken by Barb Broeske from NENA. View the article.

View the Sun Times article.

On October 23, 2008, GPA was honored with The 2008 National Trust For Historic Preservation's Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence.

View the video

On October 27, 2007, GPA was honored with the 2007 Richard Driehaus Foundation Landmarks Illinois Preservation Award for Leadership. Click here to view the slide Show.

Elgin Historic District Neighborhood Plan

Five years of hard work culminated in a Neighborhood Plan for the Elgin Historic District. On February 27, 2008 the Elgin City Council gave its blessings to the Plan developed by the Gifford Park Association. GPA has wanted a Neighborhood Plan for decades and had lobbied for one on more that one occasion. The lead article in the Spring 2000 Gazette, entitled "GPA: We Need a Plan!" traces GPA's historical interest in neighborhood planning. With support from a Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the City of Elgin, GPA has made the first step towards this goal. Now the challenge is to instill the document with meaning; to flesh out, update and revise it as needed. Your ongoing involvement is essential.

To learn more about the great town of Elgin, Illinois,visit Mike Alft's web site,, where you can see complete text and illustrations from two of his books on Elgin history.