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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

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Address: 1402 St. James Court, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone Number: +1 502-636-5023
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Description: 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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Amazing woodwork!

We took a group of 27 here as a side excursion on our way home from a mission trip. It was enjoyed by all. Interesting guided tour. The woodwork is amazing! Floors have different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Miami, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We took a group of 27 here as a side excursion on our way home from a mission trip. It was enjoyed by all. Interesting guided tour. The woodwork is amazing! Floors have different inlaid "quilt" patterns in them. Trim is very ornate as are other fixtures. Glad we chose this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The mansion was beautiful. The tour guide was interesting, knowledgable and friendly. Beautiful furniture and stained glass windows. Loved it.

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Closed on Mondays. I wish we could have gotten to tour it. Absolutely gorgeous outside. It is amazing how it has stood the test of time. Houses surrounding it are equally gorgeous and a site to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love touring old, period homes and this was one of the top 2 I have seen so far. It is beautifully kept. Our group was fortunate to have one of the family members (great granddaughter I think) of the Caldwell's conducting our tour, which made it all the more personal and special. She was a delight with her stories!... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a great historic mansion. Call ahead for tour times Many of the furnishings are original as well as much of the Art. You can really "Experience it" with the tours. If that's not enough, they do weddings and vow renewals! 502-636-5023

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Beautiful home. When I visited, an exhibit featuring the Southern Exposition was on full display on the top floor. Wow, did I learn much about Louisville. I think our city leaders should study up and re-start the Southern Exposition. Do look this up to learn so much about our lovely town of Louisville!

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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We visited this home after hearing many wonderful things about it and it is all true. The wood work is the finest I have ever seen and it has been carefully kept since becoming a museum. There might be little things here and there that might need some tending to, but what doesn't? This is a beautiful home and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you can manage, plan your visit when one of the Caldwell daughters is giving the tour. The personal anecdotes and personal connection to many of the personal items on exhibit take on special meaning with her experience in this home. The interior appointments are exceptional with fine detail in excellent condition. Well worth the time and money to see... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum tour is an informative, docent-led tour of a beautiful circa 1895 home in Old Louisville. It was built on the site of the the 1893 Louisville Exposition and right next to beautiful Central Park. Our tour guide, Mitch, was friendly and informative, not only about the house itself, but also the history of Louisville. The house... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My mother and I visited the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum on January 17, 2015. Our docent was knowledgeable not only about the house but about the general history of Old Louisville which was really great as this was our first trip to the area. The tour was detailed and so worth the time. The architecture and woodwork is amazing. The authentic... More 

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