Otto Divosta

Otto Divosta (born June 11, 1934)[1] was a principal partner of a major home development company based in South Florida. In the 1970s, he developed a process for building multi-family homes in an assembly line fashion. DiVosta and Clifford F. Burg formed Burg & DiVosta Corp. to combine Burg's construction experience with DiVosta's development company. Since the 1960s, DiVosta has built 40,000 homes in Florida. DiVosta sold his company to Pulte Homes in 1998.[2]

Otto "Buz" Divosta
Born(1934-06-11)June 11, 1934

He developed a quick-setting cement used in 1981 to build a three-bedroom, two-bath home, with a two-car garage, in seven hours and 35 minutes. The house was auctioned off with proceeds to be donated to the City of Palm Beach Gardens for a municipal swimming pool. This was believed to be a world record-breaking construction, beating a previous record of 19 hours.[3]

DiVosta introduced a construction method in 1974, unique to South Florida.[4]

In 1996, Divosta bought the Jupiter Theatre from previous owner Burt Reynolds, with plans to reopen with new management.[5]


  1. Tuckwood, Jan; Kleimberg, Eliot (2000). Our century featuring the Palm Beach post 100: the people who changed the way we live. Palm Beach Post. p. 174. ISBN 0-9657200-3-9. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  3. Gordon, Michael (May 1, 1981). "Former Maine Men help set record". Bangor Daily News. p. 34.
  4. "DiVosta Home's Revolutionary building system". Boca Raton News. Apr 6, 1997. pp. 32F.

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