owner, Susan Blake, attended college for fine arts.
Her interest in the arts provides a true bridge to
some of the unique pattern type units Tory Hill
Glass constructs. She has had the honor of
contributing to many architectural projects through
the inclusion of custom insulating glass (IG).
Starting in the glass
business in 1985, Susan began developing her skills
in the insulating glass industry. In order to
further the idea of achieving extreme accuracy in
the custom IG market, she moved on in 1990 to become
the co-founder of a combination millwork and
insulating glass company. This joint venture
resulted in a better understanding of how the two
professions meld their products. It was during that
time Susan developed her vision of how the narrow
sight lines needed to be perfected in order to
contribute to historical preservation and true
In 1995, Susan’s
enthusiasm to expand the insulating glass lines and
follow her vision brought her to forming Tory Hill
Glass & Restorations. This business decision was
paramount in being able to enter working
relationships with some of the finest millwork
companies in the region. These are the companies
Tory Hill Glass continues to work with.
Susan’s vision soon became the mission statement of
Tory Hill Glass. Construct a custom, quality
insulating glass unit with the best materials for
the true divided lite and historic market.
To that end, Tory Hill Glass offers accurate 5/16”
sight lines for custom window manufacturers on units
of three square feet and under. Units can also be
ordered with 11/32”, 3/8” and 7/16” sight lines.
Susan has handpicked a
small team of co-workers that share in her vision;
dedication of/to the purpose Tory Hill Glass is in
business, and pride of working for the clients they
do work for.
Being in a continually
evolving field, new and often innovative products
and techniques are introduced. Tory Hill Glass
strives to stay abreast of these and seriously
considers their potential to the insulating glass
market. Prior to deciding to change to a new product
or to incorporate a change in the construction
technique, Tory Hill Glass relies on research and
testing. They continually have units in various
stages of testing. Conversations take place between
Tory Hill Glass and their clients regarding any
change. After all, ultimately it is their clients’
needs that have to be met.