James J. Egan

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James J. Egan
Born 1839
Cork, Ireland
Died December 2, 1914
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality USA
Known for Architect

James J. Egan, FAIA, (1839, Cork, Ireland—December 2, 1914, Chicago, Illinois) was an Irish-American architect and fellow of the American Institute of Architects practicing in Chicago, Illinois. He was a partner of the Chicago architectural firms Armstrong & Egan, Egan & Kirkland and Egan & Prindeville, which gained prominence designing Roman Catholic structures.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cork, Ireland, Egan graduated from the Government School of Design, Queens College, Cork.[1] He emigrated to the United States through Castle Garden, New York City and "worked in the offices of several prominent New York architects, including Richard Upjohn and Edward Tuckerman Potter".[2]

Chicago Architect[edit]

He relocated to Chicago, Illinois, either around 1870 or shortly after Chicago's great fire in 1871, where he was heavily involved in reconstruction, and formed several partnerships with fellow architects.[2] With John M. Armstrong, the firm of Armstrong & Egan designed the Criminal Court and County Jail (1874).[2] With Alex Kirkland, the firm of Egan & Kirkland designed the County Building (1882)[2] and the four-story Hotel Saint Benedict Flats (Chicago, Illinois) (1882–1883).[3] With Charles H. Prindeville, the firm of Egan & Prindeville (active from 1897 to 1914) gained prominence building Roman Catholic churches and other structures, including the Cathedral of Cathedral of St. Paul (1906).[2] Egan died in 1914. The firm continued under Charles Prindeville after Egan's death.[2]



Structures designed by James J. Egan


  1. ^ James J. Egan at the archINFORM database.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Decker, Kevin F. " James J. Egan (d.1914)", University of Plattsburgh, New York (2000)
  3. ^ a b [1] Chicago Architecture Info
  4. ^ a b c d Greer, Edward (1956). Cork Hill Cathedral: The Chronicle of St. Margaret's and Sacred Heart Parish Davenport, Iowa 1856-1956. Davenport: Gordon. p. 78. 
  5. ^ "St. Mary's Cathedral I: History". Cathedrals of California. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Heritage Hill Historic District" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2015-03-03.