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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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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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Lovely Area, St. James Court

The woodwork is magnificent and the home well preserved. Our guide is a direct descendant of the second owner of the home (Caldwell) and has 1st hand knowledge of the "castle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The woodwork is magnificent and the home well preserved. Our guide is a direct descendant of the second owner of the home (Caldwell) and has 1st hand knowledge of the "castle" making the tour all the more interesting. All in all a beautiful area of Louisville.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to this museum on a business trip and really enjoyed it. We were given a guided tour through the home and the guide was incredibly knowledgeable. I wish I knew his name. He was a middle-aged to older gentleman who was not related to the family that owned the house (some people were related). Every question he was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not tour the house, but we walked the grounds, took pictures and read the signs outside. We would have loved to tour, but it was around $10/person and we had our dog. We opted to walk around the Old Louisville and enjoy all the beautiful houses.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a historical view of Louisville's past. It lets you learn about its economic ambitions, it's elite and business class aspirations and lifestyle. The tour guide was very helpful and the place is certainly attractive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is gorgeous! I love old houses and this is one of the best preserved old homes I've ever seen. The tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got there early before the toe started and they showed us a short little video before the toe started. It ended up just being my wife and I on the tour, which was cool for us. The house is huge, like 10,000 square feet huge with beautiful workmanship and history through-out. We walked away learning a lot and enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The house is in great condition and massive, with many period items. It gives you a great sense of life back in the early 1900s. Our guide was a descendant of the Caldwell family and she really brought the house to life with her stories. Be sure to walk around the neighborhood too! Beautiful area!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This museum tour is approximately 1.5 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about her docent job. She was educational as she explained many architectural types and designs, explained the many hardwoods in the house each having a specific meaning, and explained the history of St. James Court. If you like historic homes you'll really enjoy this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Great tour. This is a "do not miss" opportunity. We toured with a small group and were fortunate enough to have a family member show us around. She provided enough color that you could feel how the families actually lived in this beautifully restored home. The ladies (all relatives of the Conrads or Caldwells) were decorating the Christmas Tree and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I attended the Holiday Victorian Tea at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. I live in Louisville and love Old Louisville and its historic homes. I recently found out about the Conrad-Caldwell House Victorian Tea and was elated to find out that the first floor had a wheelchair accessible entrance. We enjoyed the tea, but the tour was the highlight. Barb, one... More 

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