John Toomey Gallery

Founded in Oak Park, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) in 1982, the John Toomey Gallery has become a leading resource for 20th century design, with special interest in Prairie School works. With a location in suburban Chicago, the gallery is surrounded by Prairie School architecture. John Toomey became immersed in the resurgence of the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

The Treadway/Toomey Auction Partnership

Treadway Toomey Auctions is a specialty auction house, considered one of the premiere auction houses in the country to sell 20th Century Art & Design since 1987. We hold four carefully curated auctions a year that include works from the Arts & Crafts movement, Mid-Century Modern Design and paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from the 20th Century. Our 2016 schedule included four additional auctions dedicated to the Estate of Candice B. Groot who was a voracious collector from Evanston, Illinois.

In addition to the Estate of Candice B. Groot, Treadway Toomey Auctions has handled numerous prestigious collections of 20th Century Art & Design. In May of 2012 we sold La Hacienda: The John L. Jerome Collection which was the most important collection of early Gustav Stickley ever sold at auction, and included the highest price ever paid for a piece of Arts & Crafts at auction. The Collection of Robert and Elaine Dillof was sold in December of 2014 at Treadway Toomey Auctions and is looked at today as the most important single-owner sale of Arts & Crafts. In June of 2015, we handled selected works from the Roy and Sarita Warshawsky Collection, including a rare Lalique comb which achieved $205,500, the highest price ever achieved at auction for a Lalique comb.


The John Toomey Gallery proudly supports the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Pleasant Home Foundation, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.