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, November 19 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!

Come to learn whats happening in the neighborhood and build some community.

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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December 20, 2015, 7:00pm

Elgin Public Museum

Sunday, December 20 Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice 7-8 PM; Doors open 6:30pm Fee: $5, $3 member The Winter Solstice is a dark time of year – the darkest here in the northern hemisphere. Humans have replaced the long hours of darkness with lights and festivals since ancient times in the northern hemisphere. The Celtic people of Ireland and many other cultures chose the solstice as a time to celebrate the seasons. Solstice is usually celebrated by fires, light, family and community gatherings. The cycle of nature is the ultimate celebration. The Elgin Public Museum invites you to hear about long gone cultures and astronomical significance of the winter solstice. Learn about the Druid Oak King and the Holly Queen and watch the Yule log be burned in a glowing campfire. Learn about the significance of the harvest and wildlife to ancient peoples. Drink warm cider and enjoy campfire treats!