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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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The tour was extremely thorough with personal stories about the owners and furnishings; the history of the house, neighborhood, and owners; and seeing every level of the castle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My daughter won the venue at a bridal show. We hosted approximately 40 guest for her engagement party a week after Christmas. Beautiful home! Everyone had a wonderful time. Beautiful decorations and surrounding houses decorated for the holidays added to the festivities!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Worth seeing, a lot of interesting Louisville history, facts. The tour guide did with passion, the neighborhood is beautiful, like a little Savannah

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The tour was extremely thorough with personal stories about the owners and furnishings; the history of the house, neighborhood, and owners; and seeing every level of the castle. You really can't ask more of a house tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is fun and a family member gives the tour! Beautiful old home definitely worth an hour of your time in Louisville!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Loved this home tour! The house is exquiste both inside and out. The neighborhood is also worth a look around. A family member gave our tour and gave us personal insights into the homes possessions and the people- absolutely wonderful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The tour was led by the great-granddaughter of the second owner. She knew everything about this house and its contents. The home is beautifully restored and visitors are allowed to visit every level except the basement. Truly amazing piece of history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It is in the Old Louisville neighboorhood and is worthy to visit, not only the castle but the whole area of Old Louisville. The houses are pretty and is very quiet. There is the central park just in front of the castle to give you a relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Very nice tour of "Conrad's Castle" or "Conrad's Folly," a house that was built for $35,000 when other homes in the beautiful turn-of-the-century neighborhood went for an average of $4000. Tours are not conducted every day, so call first to be sure. I tried on a Tuesday but found out that there were no tours scheduled that day and came... More 

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Prospect, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We were very impressed with tour guides for our group who are descendants of the Caldwell family. They added a great deal of personal pleasure and pride to the tour. The video at the beginning of the tour gave an excellent overview of the old Louisville area history and architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Maybe world is full of houses that are better than Conrad's Castle but Beth Caldwell made this building a special for me. If you are in town and you like history and nice architecture you should step in for sure. You can learn a lot of the local history, see beautiful interiors and feel like a member of XIX century... More 

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Address: Address: 1402 St. James Court, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone Number: +1 502-636-5023
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > Old Louisville

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