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Male, born 1839, died 1914-12-02

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Egan and Prindeville, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, Richard Upjohn (1802-1878), Architect, New York, NY, c. 1860s.

Draftsman, Edward Tuckerman Potter (1831-1904), Architect, New York, NY, c. 1860s. According to architectural writer Peter B. Wight, who wrote Egan's obituary in the Construction News: "At New York, he worked and studied in the offices of Edward Potter and Charles Clinton, the former a Gothic enthusiast and the latter one of the most refined designers in the Renaissance styles, before the invasion of America by the modern French schools. His preparation for his profession was therefore on artistic lines." (See Peter B. Wight, "James J. Egan," Construction News, 01/16/1914, p. 7.)

Draftsman, Charles William Clinton (1838–1910) , Architect, New York, NY, c. 1860s.

Draftsman, Edward Tuckerman Potter(1831-1904), Architect, Schenectady, NY, c. 1860s.

Principal, James J. Egan, Architect, Chicago, IL, c. 1871-1875. Egan developed strong personal connections with leaders in the Chicago Roman Catholic Church, and received the commissions for the following churches: Saint John's Church, Saint Vincent's Church, and Saint Elizabeth's Church.

Partner, [John M. Armstrong] Armstrong and Egan, Architects, Chicago, IL, c. 1874.

Partner, Egan and [Henry W.] Hill, Architects, c. 1875-1881.

Partner, Egan and [Alex] Kirkland, Architects, Chicago, IL, c. 1882.

Partner, Egan and [Charles H.] Prindeville, Architects, Chicago, IL, 1897-c. 1914. This firm continued Egan's specialty of design for the Roman Catholic church; it designed Holy Angels Church, Chicago, Saint Agatha's Church, Chicago, Mount Carmel Church, Chicago, and Saint Xavier's Academy for the Sisters of Mercy, Chicago.

Professional Activities

Egan joined the Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1908.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1913.


High School/College

Educated at a private academy in Cork, Ireland.

Graduate, Government School of Design, Queen's College, Cork, Ireland, 1855-1860; Egan also studied in England before emigrating to the New York, NY.



Born in County Cork, Ireland, Egan was schooled there and in England. He immigrated to the United States, landing in New York, NY, in 1864. Like many architects, Egan relocated when he heard of a great calamity occurring in another city. In this case, he moved to Chicago, IL, following the disastrous Fire of 10/08/1871-10/10/1871.

Egan became well-known for his numerous designs for Catholic churches, hotels, and courthouses, primarily in the Midwest;

Associated Locations

  • Cork, Ireland (Architect's Birth)
    Cork, Ireland

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