Our Mission

Building on four generations of experience, John Cortese Masons has dedicated themselves to their customers and the quality of their craft. They have been serving their community for over 40 years and continue to distinguish themselves through their expertise and devotion to every project. Their work has been featured in publications such as New Jersey Life, Garden Design, and Architectural Digest.


Our Roots

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The origins of the business date back to the early 20th Century with the arrival from Italy of the present owners’ grandfather, John Cortese Sr. He settled in Morristown, NJ where he labored for years as a stone mason, saving his hard earned-money and supporting his wife and children in Southern Italy.  Unable to persuade his wife to move to America, he returned to his homeland where he passed the art of stone masonry on to his son and namesake, John Jr.

In 1965, John Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and left Italy for Morristown, NJ, but bringing along his wife and children, and working hard as a stone mason just as his father had done years before. In 1974, the tradition continued as John Cortese the 3rd, one of the current owners, joined and incorporated the business, and with the help of his brother Salvatore and cousin Frank, they built up a company that is today revered for unparalleled stone craftsmanship.

John Cortese Masons and its employees have consistently provided a solid portfolio of work, including features in New Jersey Life Magazine, and Garden Design and Architectural Digest.  Though the company retains a high caliber clientele with a long history of work in the area, they have not forgotten their roots and we will continue their commitment to tradition, quality, and style for years to come.