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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127
+1 502-636-5023
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Great "castle" tour.

My wife really wanted to go to this place. I was not so enthusiastic. She really likes this kind of... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Don B
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Anchorage, Alaska
Just a quick look!

Unfortunately we were pressed for time so we didn't attempt to tour the house but did see it from... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
ARodriguezP
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Miami, Florida
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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 & Military-$8 Students-$6 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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1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127
Old Louisville
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

My wife really wanted to go to this place. I was not so enthusiastic. She really likes this kind of stuff. I do have to say I enjoyed the tour as well. Maybe not as much as she did but I did learn a lot...More

7  Thank Don B
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately we were pressed for time so we didn't attempt to tour the house but did see it from the outside,read the historical marker and snapped a few pictures. It's located in the Old Louisville neighborhood and is one of many beautiful homes there. If...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this tour. Check out online for the tour times first. We lucked out and got there on a Wednesday at 2:45. And the tour started at three. Our docent was very knowledgeable. We loved the decor and whole feeling of the area....More

7  Thank Ed B
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

We brought our daughter and her bf to Louisville for her 21st birthday and she wanted to visit this mansion. What an interesting tour. The location is stunning. A whole neighborhood with historic homes with little courtyards off to the left and right of the...More

6  Thank MikkiHB
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Conrad C, Manager at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thanks for your visit! And happy 21st birthday to your daughter!

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Barb was extremely knowledgeable, as was Wayne on my previous tour. This time I brought my dad, and learned even more about Louisville's history, changing customs, and the families that lived here. This is quite a treat and I highly recommend it.

7  Thank slawson80
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The wonderful, informative guided tour through several rooms of the house enables visitors to see many original furnishings that belonged to the Conrads and Caldwells. The tour also provides some information about Louisville history, especially the Southern Exposition. The house even includes some displays about...More

6  Thank James G
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

As our group was larger, it was split into two groups to allow better viewing. Our tour leader Barbara was fantastic and her love of the mansion and former occupants was obvious. The atmosphere seemed more like a neighbor showing her house than a tour....More

7  Thank forbiznd
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Fascinating tour of an historic house led by a great granddaughter of Mr. Caldwell. Her family stories made the tour particularly interesting.

7  Thank JKBaly
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

The tour was given by one of the Caldwell ancestors which made the tour personal with lots of added stories. Lots of items in the house have been in the family for decades. Would recommend if you like touring old homes.

7  Thank JandJ539
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

This was a beautiful house and our guide was great. It was nice that most of the furnishings were original..

6  Thank NLAlsip
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978michaell
26 November 2016|
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Response from Conrad C | Property representative |
Thanks for your question, Michael. We are open from Wednesday through Sunday with guided tours of the home at 1pm and 3pm. We offer an additional tour on Saturday morning at 11am. We also hold our twilight tours on the... More
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bolanmoen
28 September 2016|
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Response from Don G | Reviewed this property |
Best to drive, parking can be found up and down the side streets or across the road a city park, side roads can get full. on a nice day well worth short walk to look at the gorgeous old homes in the area. No problem buying... More
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Margaret N
1 May 2016|
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Response from Margaret Y | Property representative |
Our tours are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military, and $5 for students. We offer guided tours of the house Wednesday-Sunday at 1pm and 3pm with an additional tour on Saturday morning at 11am.
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