Restaurant to give historic building new life

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‘Crutcher Tavern’ to be called ‘Polk House’

By Tom Watson

It was historically known as the “Crutcher Tavern” and when it is fully restored, Taylorsville will have a restaurant to be called the “Polk House.” It will have the potential to rival famous historic Kentucky eateries.


Scott and Linda Street are the owners of the two-story brick building on Main Street at Point that was built by William Polk between 1835 and 1847. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Streets hope to have the “Polk House” serving meals within two years. There are currently two occupied apartments in the building.
Some people refer to the building as the “Black House” because the family with the surname of Black occupied it. Permelia Black, this scribe’s fourth grade teacher, was the last single family owner and resident.
Although part of the building was flooded several times before Taylorsville’s floodwall was built, the original trim and molding above the water lines survived.
“We imagine the beams were cut on site,” Linda said. The key word in restoration of the building is “original,” according to the Streets. “The original kitchen will be used,” Linda said.
Original windows were replaced with modern ones in recent years, but after the Streets acquired the building, they made windows restoration a priority. Restoration differs from renovation because a building that is restored, is returned to its original appearance such as the 1991 restoration of the W.T. Froman building on Main Street, now owned by The Peoples Bank.
The Polk house sits on Lot 45 of the original plat of Taylorsville that was purchased from the city’s trustees in 1835 by William Johnston. Several months later, William Polk paid Johnston $500 for the lot. Polk owned the property until 1847 when he sold it and adjacent Lot 44 to Thomas Crutcher for $3,000.
It is believed Polk constructed the house shortly after buying the lot.
Polk was one of the first trustees of the Spencer Seminary, Taylorsville’s first important school. After selling the property to Crutcher, Polk moved to Breckinridge County, according to historian Carolyn Brooks.