Whittemore-Durgin Stained Glass Supplies
825 Market St., Rockland MA 02370
Phone: 781-871-1790  Toll-free: 800-262-1790
Stained glass supplies, art and architectural glass, and so much more.
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Stained glass supplies, art and architectural glass, and much more.

We've opened our doors!
We've opened our doors!

First and foremost, we want to thank you for your patience and your continued patronage over the past oh-so-many weeks. Although the retail store has been closed to walk-in customers, we’ve been here all along, fulfilling web orders, providing "curbside pickup" for our local customers, and answering your many calls.

We understand that it can be difficult to buy art glass over the Internet. Sometimes you really have to see the colors up close and in person -- especially those unique and beautiful opalescents. That’s why you'll be glad to hear that we’re opening our doors again!

Our store is now open for the following hours:

BY APPOINTMENT

Monday through Saturday

from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To reserve your time slot, just give us a call at 781-871-1790 during ordinary business hours (M-F, 8a-5p) and let us know when you'd like to drop in. We are offering 15-minute time slots, and you may reserve up to 30 minutes.

Remember that your time slot needs to include check-out time, which can vary depending on how much you are buying (we estimate anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes), so please plan accordingly.

Here’s a tip: To save time, consider placing an online order for those items that you already know you want, and select "Pickup" as the shipping method. Your pre-purchased items will be all packaged and ready for you to take home, which will give you more time to shop for glass.

You will need to wear a mask during your visit, and we kindly ask that you wash your hands or use sanitizer when you arrive.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you again! It's been much too long.

Safety measures

We take this pandemic seriously. We value your health, and the health of our employees. Here's what we're doing to help keep us all safe during your visit:

  • Masks shall be worn by all customers and employees while you are in the store.
  • We are reserving 15 minutes between customers to clean surfaces with disinfectant.

  • Hand sanitizers are available throughout the store.

  • Employees and customers shall maintan safe distances of 6 feet or more whenever possible.

  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at our sales counter.

  • The card swipe machine is now on the customer side of the sales counter, so you won't be handing your card to our sales staff.

  • Probably other things that we can't think of right now.

We look forward to seeing you!

But please call first. :-)


Welcome to Whittemore-Durgin!

Do you want to learn how to do stained glass? We're here to help you get started. You see, we know stained glass supplies. We've been selling the stuff since 1965.

Remember the old hardware store, back when you were a kid? Where you knew you could get just about anything -- even if you didn't know exactly what you needed? And remember the folks behind the counter who would help you figure it all out? Well, that's us. Except it's stained glass supplies. Our store is chock full of everything you need to create stained glass works of art -- colored and clear glass, tools, solder, foil, lead, flux, patina, and more -- and our experienced staff will take the time to help you figure it all out.


A brief history of Whittemore-Durgin

By Kathleen Hepburn

Whittemore-Durgin began in 1926 in Quincy, Mass., as a plate glass company. The company also produced stained and leaded glass windows. Irving McClair was the craftsman when my parents bought the company in the late 1950s from Chester Durgin and Ira Whittemore, and Mr. McClair was quite well known for his talent and artistry.


Irving McClair at his work table.

One day in 1965, a student from Massachusetts College of Art requested some pieces of glass for an art project. Dad immediately packaged up some glass from Mr. McClair's scrap glass bucket that had been destined for the trash bin, sold it to the student as "stained glass remnants" -- and the rest, as they say, is history.

Mom and Dad placed a one-inch ad in Yankee Magazine, and enlisted my siblings, my cousins, and several of their friends (and eventually even me, as a small child) to wrap glass in newspaper, coil up lead and solder, add some instructions, and package it all up into shipping boxes. Whittemore-Durgin Stained Glass Supplies was born! More ads were placed, and requests for supplies came in from far and wide. To this day you can see the envelopes on display in our front foyer with stamps from all over the world.

Because these supplies had only been available to professional stained glass craftspeople, the pent-up demand caused Whittemore-Durgin to grow very quickly. The business spilled over into the basement of our house, then to a small building in Hanover. In 1971 we moved to our current 13,000 square foot location in Rockland.

Since that fateful day in 1965, hundreds of thousands of stained glass hobbyists, from the beginner to the master craftsman, have bought their stained glass and supplies from Whittemore-Durgin, many of them returning year after year. Nearly every day we get a phone call, e-mail, or visit in our store in Rockland from someone who says, "I got my start back in the 70's with Whittemore-Durgin," or, "I used to buy stained glass from you 30 years ago. I'm so glad to know you're still here!"

Kathy, co-owner of Whittemore-Durgin Glass Co. Kevin, co-owner of Whittemore-Durgin Glass Co.

With such a history, and a large inventory, you might think we're a huge company but we're not, really. If you call us, you'll most likely talk to Kathy or Kevin, who own the company -- that's them, on the right . Your order will be carefully packed by Kathrene. The task of cutting the glass is currently shared by Kevin, Bill and Roger. Roger also does stained glass repair and custom work in our studio. Our newest employee, Lindsay, helps staff the front counter and is learning everything very quickly. Dick and John teach classes. And Mr. Early A. Consternation, Manager of Externals, still responds to your kind letters from time to time.

Our store in Rockland hasn't changed much since 1971. It's much like an old-fashioned hardware store, where you ask the person at the front counter for an obscure item -- a style of glass, or a certain tool, or a pattern or book -- and more often than not, we have it. We hope you'll drop by if you're ever in the neighborhood and say, "Hello" -- and take a step back in time.

Thanks for reading, and...

Thank you for your business!