Knapp Masonry offers over 40 years of expertise in the masonry restoration field. Established part-time in 2003 by Vern and Jennifer Knapp, our company was formally established in March, 2005 in response to increasing customer demand. We specialize in providing restoration and preservation services to the tri-state region. Regardless of the project, we are experienced in filling the needs of our residential, commercial, and institutional clients.

Vern & Jennifer are partners in ownership.


Vern Knapp and Jennifer Knapp
Founder & Owner

Vern began his career in 1980 working for a reputable masonry restoration firm. Therein he earned his talents as a craftsman, estimator, and foreman. Vern has maintained this reputation as President, and chief operations manager of Knapp Masonry, and personally oversees all aspects of every project. He has also garnered a reputation as a trustworthy and talented representative and hands-on craftsman with renowned Philadelphia architect’s, engineers, and residential clients. He has maintained this integrity by providing Knapp Masonry’s customers’ with quality services. Vern also serves as a board member for the Association for the Preservation of Technology.

Jennifer offers marketing, research, and customer service expertise; also crediting her administrative experience at the University of Pennsylvania (1981-present). She has actively committed her talents to Knapp Masonry on a daily basis. She oversees all legal documentation and registration for the establishment and renewal of the business, and she monitors financial activities, employee benefits, and bid opportunities. Jennifer especially enjoys overseeing, and actively contributing to, all marketing and communications activities and is also serving on the Germantown Old House Fair planning committee (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia).

Vern & Jennifer share a joint ownership in the company. Together, with our family, we’ve created a company with integrity and skill to professionally and personally address the restoration needs of our customers.

Shawn O’Neil (Knapp)

Our son, Shawn O’Neil, is a talented foreman with the company who works and attends schooling on behalf of Knapp Masonry. Shawn has recently been in charge of our company’s larger projects.

Vern Knapp, III

Our son, Vern, III, is now employed with the company. He’s working the local Union and is currently pursuing College opportunities in Construction Management/Business. He successfully completed Cathedral Stone’s Jahn training, and OSHA’s first-aid and safety training.

Brittany Murtha (Knapp)
Office Staff

Our daughter, Brittany Murtha graduated from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. majoring in political science and criminal justice. She now works at Bayada Nurses in information services.

Kirsten Knapp

Our daughter, Kirsten, previously worked part-time as an office assistant with Knapp Masonry. She chose to serve in our Armed Forces upon graduation from high-school. She is now SPC Knapp, United States Army and we’re proud that she’s still serving and is currently based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Matthew Dempler
Technical /Estimation

Matthew Dempler (Jennie’s Brother) works on updating the web site, estimating and photographically documenting jobs at all stages as well as computing and technical work to keep the office running smoothly.

Jeramie Muff

Comptroller, offers accounting and financial expertise and analysis, and long-range projections. He participates extensively with all aspects of the estimating and bid processing.

Shannon Barbone

Shannon keeps the office running smoothly answering the phones and performing all administrative, filing and notary work. This means she does a lot!

Our Team

We are fortunate to have recruited an array of dedicated, enthusiastic, and talented employees. In addition to working and learning under the tutelage of experienced craftsmen, they are also actively participating in training programs such as Cathedral Stone’s Jahn seminars. Our talented employees are union-affiliated and skilled journeymen and apprentices. They continue to demonstrate their loyalty and commitment to our philosophy of providing personalized and quality preservation services.