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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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Wedding was held here. Had a tour of the building also. Lovely Victorian home. with facilities for weddings and receptions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Wedding was held here. Had a tour of the building also. Lovely Victorian home. with facilities for weddings and receptions.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We toured the home during the St. James Arts and Crafts Fair. Three stories of 18th century antiques!!! Downton Abby come to life!!!! The home is very well preserved, and the ladies that give commentary about the home are actual descendants of the Conrad-Caldwells!!! So it made it all the more interesting in the way they told the history of... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Conrad Caldwell mansion is spectacular. Viewed only by guided tour twice daily, and the guide was so very knowledgeable. Answering every question posed to him. The house is stunning and huge. Furnished by some of the original furniture and family items. Amazing woodwork in doors, doorways, fireplaces and intriquite wooden floors. Stained glass was beautiful. Entry was very reasonably priced... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is a must visit when you are in Louisville visiting or you live here. The architecture outside is something to see but, going inside is just marvelous to see all the wood doors, panels, floors, etc. Your guide will take you on a tour that you should long remember as you will be given a full history on the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a very beautiful house that has a lot of history. We were taken on the tour by the great grand daughter who was entertaining and had lots of great personal stories. Great tour and a beautiful neighborhood. I went with my 10 year old son who very much enjoyed the tour as well. Beautiful architectural details, wood panels,... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The gentleman guide was a real treat. He knew a great deal and was a kind escort through history. The interior woodwork is brilliant. Such a gem.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were privileged to get a tour of the house by a family member. I highly recommend you call in advance for this perk! It is wonderful to hear more of the personal side of the building from a family perspective and passion. The house itself is in amazing and remarkable condition. Prices are based on donations; this 1-1/2 hour... More 

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Wilmington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Loved the house , the tour was wonderful and the guide was so full of personal stories . Informational and educational . They stay open because of donations and it's totally worth the admission of $10!!!!

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Caldwell Museum is one of the most exciting experiences I've had while visiting Louisville as a tourist. It's a great place with the atmosphere of the old days, and the people working there were most hospitable and warm. Many thanks to them for their hard work saving the touch of history the Caldwell House represents.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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