Gifford Park

Gifford Park

Elgin Historic District


The Gifford Park Association (GPA) is a not-for-profit organization 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. Other major projects that we do during the year are Architectural Salvages, problem property rehabs, pocket park and The Great Unveiling.

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 in 1981. Today the 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.

The Annual Historic Elgin House Tour is an educational event that offers something for everyone. There’s architecture, history, home remodeling, interior decorating, gardening and more. The interior tours of the homes are guided and interpreted. The houses can be toured in any order. If you participate, wear comfortable shoes and allow yourself the full day to see all of the homes. For updates on the House Tour please click here.

Take a tour of the GPA neighborhood here.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Gifford Park Association, contact Moe Lee at

Please note: The mailing address for the Gifford Park Association is
355 Dupage Street
Elgin, IL 60120


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