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Zachary Taylor House

Zachary Taylor House
Zachary Taylor's childhood home.
Zachary Taylor House is located in Kentucky
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Coordinates
Built 1790
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Georgian Colonial
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000359[1]
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966

The Zachary Taylor House, also known as Springfield, was the boyhood home of the twelfth President of the United States, Zachary Taylor. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Taylor lived there from 1790 to 1808, held his marriage there in 1810, and returned there periodically the rest of his life.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Construction 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Zachary Taylor's father, Colonel Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.[2][3]

Much of the original Taylor property remained together until the 1950s, when it was divided. Of the original 400 acres (1.6 km2), the Taylor property is only 3/4 of an acre in size.[4]

During the Super Outbreak of tornadoes on April 3–4, 1974, Springfield suffered major wind and water damage, including the two porches and the roof being blown off.[4]

There have been attempts to make the house a National Historic Site, but these attempts have failed due to the required demolition of surrounding buildings needed to make it a National Historic Site.[5]

Construction

The rear side of the home

Springfield is a 2 12-story Georgia Colonial red brick L-shaped house. The western section of the house is the oldest, built around 1790. The eastern section was built between 1810 and 1830. It features a gable roof, a double-parlor, and fireplaces in each room. It was constructed by Richard Taylor and the slaves he owned.[4][5]

After the Taylors left, major additions included two Victorian porches, an altering of a staircase's direction, and the eaves improved with a bracketed cornice. Two bathrooms were added to the first floor in the 1930s.[4]

Today, the address of the house is 5608 Apache Road, Louisville, Kentucky.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b Hayne, Hugh. Zachary Taylor House (1974) pg.2,3,6
  3. ^ Kleber, John E. Encyclopedia of Louisville. (University Press of Kentucky). pg.868,869.
  4. ^ a b c d Hayne pg.2
  5. ^ a b Presidential Avenue: Zachary Taylor

External links

  • National Historic Landmark Program site for house
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