He attended the city's public schools of Chicago, and entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a student in Mechanical Engineering.
After graduating B.S. in 1889 the young man acquired practical experience working with some of the large architectural firms in the city, later opened his own office. During many years of practice he designed residences, commercial buildings and factories in Chicago, and elsewhere in the state a number of large hospitals. Among the latter were buildings at Evanston, Rockford and Oak Hill, and at Gary, Ind., the U. S. oteel Corporation Hospital.
George L. Harvey had the distinction of supervising construction of the Andrew Carnegie funded City Library, now the City Museum, at 1115 6th Street.