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Three generations. 50 years in business. With a rich history of excellence and customer satisfaction, Smith Masonry is a part of the St. Louis region's past and a leader in building its future.

In 1952, John J. Smith Sr. came back from Korea and started work repairing furnaces at Scullin Steel Mill on Manchester Rd. Not long after, John became a masonry apprentice at Elam Masonry, where he completed his apprenticeship, became a journeyman, and eventually became Vice President. In 1975, he split off from Elam Masonry to pursue his own business, and he incorporated John J. Smith Masonry in 1977. He worked out of his basement, laying the groundwork for the years to come.

The first big break that John J. Smith Masonry had was to complete a Shoney’s on Manchester Road at Hanley in 1975. This initial project opened the way for a series of amazing jobs and opportunities. In 1977, John J. Smith was completing his apprenticeship at Elam Masonry. He joined John Sr. at John J. Smith Masonry full-time in 1978, doing payroll in the basement in the evenings and laying brick during the day.

The 1980s brought new work with greater opportunities, including the first projects completed for Washington University, as well as the repair and redesign of Union Station in St. Louis. John J. Smith Sr., as President and CEO, continued to grow the company, and John J. Smith became foreman, and as the new decade approached, he became the riding boss. During the 90s, the company was proud to become one of the top 10 masonry contractors in the nation, completing Ameren World Headquarters, Greybar, and Boatman’s Bank. In 1996, Ed Smith joined the company as Vice President, starting off as an estimator and moving on to the management of the financial/administration end of John J. Smith Masonry.

John Smith family

As we entered the new millennium, John J. Smith took over the Presidency, with John Sr. maintaining his role as CEO, and Ed as Senior Vice President. Our work has continued at Washington University, and we have completed work in every industry, including:

  • Commercial
  • Educational
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Community
  • Financial
  • Industrial
  • Sports
  • Corporate
  • Governmental
  • Religious
  • Transportation
  • Correctional
  • Health Care
  • Restaurant

In 2002, the next generation started at John J. Smith Masonry. Brian Smith, John J. Smith’s son, started at the company. As of 2013, Brian has become the riding boss.

With a team that includes our CEO, President, Sr. Vice President, five office staff, our riding boss, fifteen foremen, and more than 60 bricklayers and 30 laborers, we are proud of our history and our people. We truly believe that the essence of quality is teamwork.


Who we work with

Our clients




Family. Community. Qualified Professionals.

Our people

We see the people we work with as family. After all, we now have our third generation of Smith running the show. We have an experienced and friendly office and support staff who ensure our clients are taken care of and that your project in St. Louis goes smoothly. In the field, all of our staff are appropriately credentialed and have extensive training and a strong work ethic. All field employees have 10-hour OSHA training, and each of our supervisors has 30-hour OSHA training.

Integrity and trust matter, and we demonstrate that every day with our we treat our clients and how we work in the field.

Meet our team