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, June 16  at 7:00 pm. Priorities for projects in the Historic District will be discussed.    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 35th Annual Historic House Tour is set for Sept. 10th and 11th, 2016. As new information is available, it will be posted on our website and Facebook page.


View Changes in the Historic District
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Bubble Fest

June 4, 2016, 12:00pm - June 4, 2016, 2:00pm

Saturday, June 4 12-2 $5.00, Members FREE Make a bubble blower, shake hands in a bubble, stand in a bubble and make your own bubble art. No registration is required.

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