Nagle Hartray Architecture

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Private Corporation
Industry Architecture
Founded 1966 (1966)
Headquarters Inland Steel Building
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Services Architecture, Urban Design and Master Planning including:
Interior Design and
Sustainable Design

Chicago firm Nagle Hartray Architecture was founded in 1966. The firm's early reputation was grounded in single-family and multi-family housing. Recent and current projects reflect diversification of the former focus, emphasizing educational, spiritual, civic, and media communication programs. Nagle Hartray has received over 75 industry design awards to date.


Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin characterized the firm as "one of the medium-sized firms that makes Chicago's architecture scene so strong. Its lineage stretches back to the office of Harry Weese. So does its appreciation of quirkiness and sophisticated contextualism."[1]

The AIA Chicago 2009 Firm Award Jury said of the firm's work: "The architecture is an excellent and deft blend of design that is both rich yet restrained, contemporary yet referential, and powerful yet understated."[2]

Selected Buildings[edit]

The Multicultural Center brings together four minority student groups that were previously scattered around campus in separate facilities. The centrally-located building promotes an improved understanding of cultural differences through programs that disseminate the center’s mission to a broader campus audience. The internal layout encourages interaction through shared spaces and strategic user group adjacencies. The Center achieved LEED Silver Certification.
Nagle Hartray has provided design services for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions since 1989, when the firm created a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) headquarters building by uniting five separate buildings from the 1920s. Ongoing renovations and additions since then have incorporated five additional buildings into the Harpo campus. Recent interior renovations to the Executive Suites and Production Departments in the headquarters building received an Honorable Mention from the American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Awards.
The convent provides independent living facilities including resident rooms, central dining and kitchen, activity rooms, and congregational offices; it is connected to meeting and nursing care facilities via an underground tunnel. The design of the chapel in particular has received attention. Recipient of Faith & Form Magazine/IFRA Liturgical/Interior Design Award, Masonry Institute Golden Trowel Award, Chicago AIA Interior Architecture Award, and a National AIA Institute Honor Award.[4]
  • Oak Park Public Library :: Oak Park, IL[5]
The Library design reflects a transitional location within the Village, with a formal monolithic stone facade facing neighboring institutions and an informal "organic" copper facade facing a park. The glass-fronted main reading room overlooking the park features a wood ceiling undulating above "tree-like" wood columns. The Library is the recipient of the Chicago Building Congress' Award of Merit and Midwest Construction Magazine's Best of 2004 Award for New Library Construction. USA Today listed the Oak Park Public Library as one of the "Ten Great Places to Find a Nook and Read a Book."[6]
Oak Park Public Library.Hedrich Blessing Photographers
  • Lewis and Clark Visitors Center :: Hartford, IL:The visitors center is sited near where Lewis and Clark prepared the Corps of Discovery before setting forth on their search for the "Northwest Passage." The visitor's progression through the center references these preparations in contrast to the drama of the journey itself. While the entry is modest and low-roofed, the visitor's experience culminates in a "soaring space" occupied by a replica of the Corps' keel boat: "The wedge-shaped form points west and recalls the prow of a ship slicing through the prairie."[7]
  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools :: Chicago, IL
Nagle Hartray was responsible for a master plan iteration in the 1990s, preceding the design and construction of the Middle School addition, Rowley Library renovation, Kovler Gymnasium addition, and the High School science wing renovation. Project awards at the Lab Schools include two "Excellence in Masonry" awards and the Chicago Building Congress "Award of Recognition."
  • Lincolnshire Village Hall :: Lincolnshire, IL
Nagle Hartray provided a design for the Village Hall in addition to a master plan for the Lincolnshire village center. An alternate design for the Hall's exterior "reminiscent of the best public buildings of the 1930s and 1940s" won an AIA Chicago Chapter award for unbuilt projects, but the village board approved a more traditional version. The result "is nonetheless a thoroughly modern building, within a pleasingly Romanesque skin."[8]
  • Greyhound Bus Terminal :: Chicago, IL[9][10]
In addition to 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2) of enclosed space, the terminal has 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of space under each of its two bus canopies. The requirement of unobstructed space beneath the canopies’ 45-foot (14 m) span informed the structurally expressive profile of "this elegant essay in architectural engineering."[11] Recipient of an Award of Merit from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

In Progress[edit]

  • Fountaindale Public Library :: Bolingbrook, IL[12]
  • Chicago Theological Seminary :: Chicago, IL
  • The Ogden International School :: Chicago, IL
  • Shellbourne Conference Center :: Valparaiso, IN
  • Warren Newport Public Library :: Gurnee, IL
  • Viga House :: Tesuque, NM
  • Teton Residence :: Jackson, WY


Selected Recent Awards[edit]

  • 2009: Chicago AIA Firm Award[13]
  • 2008: LAMA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award[14][15]
  • 2007: National AIA Institute Honor Award

Selected Recent Publications[edit]

  • 2010: "Beach House," 21st Century Houses: 150 of the World's Best[16]
  • 2010: "High Impact," Trends: Home & Remodeling[17]
  • 2009/10: Residences featured in Ranches of the American West and Lakeside Living[18][19]
  • 2008: "On the Waterfront," Chicago Magazine[20]
  • 2006: "St. Mary of the Springs Chapel," Houses of God: Religious Architecture for a New Millennium[21]
  • 2005: Houses: The Architecture of Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney[22]


  1. ^ Kamin, Blair. "Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects wins Chicago AIA Firm of the Year Award." Chicago Tribune: Cityscapes. 8 December 2009. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  2. ^ "AIA Chicago Names Nagle Hartray 2009 Firm of the Year." Midwest Construction. 1 March 2010. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ McKay, Donald. "St. Mary of the Springs Chapel: Trusses Make a Celestial Contribution." Wood Design and Building. Autumn 2005: 35.
  4. ^ Chicago AIA Interior Architecture Award AIA Chicago. 2005. AIA Chicago. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  5. ^ American Libraries. April 2004.
  6. ^ Smight, Tim. "Ten Great Places to Find a Nook and Read a Book." USA Today. 6 March 2008. USA Today/Gannett Co., Inc. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Lewis and Clark Visitors Center." Nagle Hartray Architecture. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  8. ^ Hoyt, Charles K. "Double Duty." Architectural Record. June 1995: 90-93.
  9. ^ "Small Building Shoulders Big Structural Expression." Building Design & Construction. September 1990: 69-70.
  10. ^ "The Bus Stops Here." Contract Design. November 1991: 58-60.
  11. ^ Sinkevitch, Alice, American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Landmarks Preservations Council of Illinois. AIA Guide to Chicago. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004, p. 159.
  12. ^ Fountaindale Public Library Fountaindale Public Library. June 2010. Fountaindale Public Library. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  13. ^ "AIA Chicago Congratulates the Winners of the 2009 Professional Excellence Awards." Chicago Architect. Jan/Feb 2010: 17-18.
  14. ^ "LAMA and IIDA announce Best of Competition in 2008 Library Interior Design Competition". American Library Association. 15 July 2008. American Library Association. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Go West, Look Inside". Library Journal. 15 September 2008. Media Source, Inc. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  16. ^ Beaver, Robyn. 21st Century Houses: 150 of the World's Best. Australia: The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, 2010.
  17. ^ "High Impact from Homes and Remodeling Volume 2604" Trends Ideas. Trends. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  18. ^ Paul, Linda Leigh. Ranches of the West. New York: Rizzoli, 2009.
  19. ^ Paul, Linda Leigh. Lakeside Living: Waterfront Houses, Cottages and Cabins of the Great Lakes. New York: Rizzoli, 2010.
  20. ^ Newman, Christine. "On the Waterfront." Chicago Magazine. October 2008: 104-112.
  21. ^ Crosbie, Michael J. Houses of God: Religious Architecture for a New Millennium. Australia: The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, 2006.
  22. ^ Nagle, James and Stanley Tigerman. Houses: The Architecture of Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney. New York: Edizioni Press Inc., 2005.

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