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 Event is our April pot luck dinner which will be held on Friday, April 24th at 6:30 at the Lord's Park pavilion.  Bring a dish to pass. Bill Briska will give a slide presentation entitled "Ten Ways GPA has Changed Elgin". The event features great food and a chance to meet your neighbors. For more details, look for the Evite that was sent to Historic District neighbors. If you did not receive this, please 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.


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A reminder to share our House Tour event page, particularly as folks are arriving for Fox Trot this weekend! ... 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!

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On display at Gail Borden Public Library until 5/31 and then some of these pieces are off to private residences. Be sure and visit "Lost Elgin" before it goes! (5 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

Welcome to the newly formed Northern Illinois Historic League. Apparently, my Facebook search showed the old group page first and not your active page. I look forward to learning more about Gifford Park Association on behalf of the League. ... See MoreSee Less