Address: 217 NE 4th Ave, Pompano Beach, FL, 33060
During the Great Depression, Pompano received a boost from a local resident who had arrived in 1923. William L. Kester had originally come to this area for the fishing, but he stayed and became a major force in the economic and social development of Pompano.
Perhaps Kester’s most lasting fame came from the rental houses he had constructed during the 1930s on the beach. These wood-frame structures, which Kester would later describe as “pepper crates,” provided employment for the local workers who built them, and a means to attract tourists to the area. The sturdy, economical “Kester cottages” soon were being built throughout Pompano, to house local residents as well as winter visitors.
The two cottages shown here were donated to the Pompano Beach Historical Society in 1974. They were moved from their location south of Atlantic Blvd. to Founders Park where they serve as museums to preserve the rich history of Pompano Beach The west cottage is set up as it would have been in Kester’s time. The east cottage displays the artifacts of the working life of Pompano, including farm equipment, military, home front and school memorabilia and preserved items from a lumber yard, a print shop and a pharmacy.