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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

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Address: 1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208
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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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Wonderful tour.

This home tour was so interesting. The house itself is fabulous but our tour guide was great and added wonderful stories of her relatives growing up in the house. If you like... read more

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Pontiac, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This home tour was so interesting. The house itself is fabulous but our tour guide was great and added wonderful stories of her relatives growing up in the house. If you like history and architecture you will really enjoy it,

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Bronston, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I had the most wonderful time learning about the history and architecture behind the house. I was blown away with the history which was presented by Barb. She was a relative of the family that had owned and lived in the house in the early 1900's. I would definitely recommend the tour for anyone that loves old... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, teenage daughter, and I decided at the last minute to check out this house, and we were glad we did! Beth gave our group a fantastic tour. My daughter said afterward that she didn't think she would enjoy it, but she did!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place to see historical home first pkace. Lower level was rented for my retirement party. My guest were given a private tour of the home.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very pretty neighbourhood. We stopped by and then drove around looking at some very pretty streets and homes. Beautiful fountain nearby

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fond of old Victorian houses?- come and see this one. Carved wood, stained glass, furniture of late 19th - early 20th centuary. One room is even told to be haunted by three whimsical ghosts who dislike when sombody moves the furniture) To sum it up, this museum is the essence of the Old Louisville, and we enjoyed it very much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We planned our visit a few days ahead. I searched for a historic tour and found the Conrad-Caldwell house through Trip Advisor. The reviews have done well to prep you but once your the is all uphill! We were blessed to have Barb, a great-granddaughter of the Caldwell's. She was knowledgeable, friendly, easy-going and ready to go the distance. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We caught a glimpse of 19th century Louisville for the rich and famous as we took a tour of the Conrad Caldwell home. This amazing home came to life as the great grand-daughter of the original owners led my sister and I on an impromptu tour that lasted 2 hours! We were graciously granted this tour at an unscheduled time.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house is beautiful. The inlay floors are AMAZING. A different wood pattern in every room. We had a soft-spoken, knowledgeable guide who had a lot of things to share that brought the history of the house and this wonderful neighborhood to live. As an added bonus, the museum of the 19th century Louisville "Southern Exposition" is on the third... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had the great fortune to tour this wonderful property. Our tour was, as described by vermeer_12 (see review).We too, had the pleasure of a guided tour with Barbara Caldwell Huber. Barb told us of the Conrad and Caldwell families from time of move in, to moving out, we learned of everyday life both enjoyable and tragic... More 

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