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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

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Neighbourhood: Old Louisville
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Address: 1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208
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The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a historic, Victorian mansion located...

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a historic, Victorian mansion located in the heart of Old Louisville on St. James Court. It is one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and was the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis.

Surrounded by a beautiful courtyard neighborhood at the center of the largest collection of Victorian Homes in the US, "Conrad's Castle" featured all the latest innovations of its day, including interior plumbing and electric lighting. Known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, this massive Bedford limestone home, covered with gargoyles, beautiful archways, and elaborate stone designs, incorporated 7 types of hardwoods and magnificent stained glass windows in the interior design, making it one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville.

The Museum has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian Age, housing a massive collection of period items including many original pieces, and stands as a testament to the abundant lifestyle of the owners, two of Louisville's most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs, Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell. Step back in time as you learn more about the era, the neighborhood, and the families who lived here.

**The House offers tours Wednesday through Friday and on Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm and on Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. For security reasons we do not offer self-guided tours, we only offer guided tours at the stated times. Tour availability is on a first come, first serve basis, we do not take reservations for groups of less than 10 people. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the door 30 minutes prior to each tour. Advanced reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.Ticket costs are Adults-$10 Seniors-$6 Students-$4 Children under the age of 5 are free.

***On the 3rd Thursday of every month the museum also offers extended tour times at 5pm & 7pm for our 3rd Thursday Twilight Tours.

Our tours last between 60-90 minutes as our trained tour guides take guests back in time through this informative tour of the home's 3 floors set up with original family pieces circa 1908.

Donations are greatly appreciated as this is a 501(c)3 non-profit. More information on the museum and our special events can be found by visiting our website.

Thank you for your interest in the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum!

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Very interesting old house

Because they have managed to track down a large percentage of the original furnishings, the tour is better than most. Also, our docent was Caldwell's granddaughter, so she added... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Because they have managed to track down a large percentage of the original furnishings, the tour is better than most. Also, our docent was Caldwell's granddaughter, so she added a lot of personal touches that made it come alive. Even after nearly two hours, I really wanted to see the attic, which is off-limits because it's unsafe. The only problem... More 

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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Looking for things to do in Old Louisville and stumbled upon this gem. Loved hearing about both families and seeing the old architecture. Our tour guide Elizabeth was so knowledgeable about every aspect of the house! Everyone should see this!

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

This house is an architectural jewel, and the history is so accessible. I'm 50 and went with a 30 year old and we both loved it. Barb was a great tour guide.

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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

We found this museum by looking online for different things to do in Louisville. It was easily driven to from downtown, & is on the corner of a beautiful historic boulevard. We arrived 45 min before the next scheduled tour, & because there were 2 docents there, they took us early on our own private tour. The cost was $10... More 

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Clarion, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The Conrad-Caldwell House was very beautiful. Our tour guide, Barb, was excellent! She was actually related to the Caldwell family, which supplied her with fascinating family history and stories about the house and the family itself. If you choose to do this highly affordable tour, definitely ask for one of the sisters as your tour guide! Also be sure to... More 

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Novi, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

The details in this place are SUPER amazing!! Our tour was very informative and really seemed personal. I would love to live here, but since I can not, I will visit every time I am in the area. Picked up their personal blend of tea in the gift shop. It is now my own personal favorite!!!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

It's a beautiful old place with lots of history. Our guide had a grandmother who grew up here in its glory days and that added a whole dimension to the tour as she shared stories.

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Manchester, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

Recommended by our hotel concierge, spent several hours touring this impressive mansion. Our guide/hostess was the granddaughter of the original owner, what a treat to have someone with personal knowledge and stories take us around. Not crowded, we had all the time we needed to tour. The book store was very nice with a number of interesting books.

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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit. The architecture was beautiful. The tour guide was very informative.

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

This home is definitely worth a visit. It is in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and is quite beautiful. The land it was built on was originally the site of the Southern Exposition in 1883-1887. The home was built in 1893 for Mr. Conrad and his wife, and later was owned by William Caldwell. in 1947, it was bought by the... More 

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