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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

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Address: 1402 Saint James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127
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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If you enjoy seeing old house, you will enjoy this one. Great tour guide! It has beautiful wood work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you enjoy seeing old house, you will enjoy this one. Great tour guide! It has beautiful wood work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow!! We enjoyed this tour immensely. The house itself is very imoressive, highly original with many artifacts actually owned by the families who lived there in the early 1900s. The real treat was our tour guide who was the great-grandaughter of the second owners of the property. The rich history and family stories that she shared really made the tour,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did had to wait for about 45 minutes for the tour, another had already started, so we walked!, a GREAT walk!.... when it began, our tour guide stated.." The tour takes about 45 min, but I do it in about 1 hour and a half!" LOL, and it did!, he talked slow but always really interesting stuff! never boring,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an informative tour! Our docent, Cheryl is a volunteer and really knows her stuff! I'm a history buff and vintage home lover and can't get enough of this. The house and it's prominent owners are interesting as well as the history of the neighborhood. Don't miss the visitors center across the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I was looking for pictures and read reviews, I knew we will love this place. The house it self reminded us a lot about European culture and architecture - something we grew in. Owners are doing great job to maintain the place. The guide was knowledgeable and professional. I had no issues. Some people who are sensitive to high... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house is indeed a castle; the woodwork, parquet floors and stained glass windows are stunning. Our guide, Elizabeth, had so many interesting facts about both the house and the owners, they came alive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has so much history and is so interesting that you are just in awe. The architecture is so beautiful . The wood carving in all the trim and banisters is unbelievable. Our tour guide was so informative and could answer all of our questions. I would definitely recommend this to all who visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I found this on Trip Advisor while in the area for the weekend and my husband and I decided to make a visit. We both love old homes and this one definitely didn't disappoint. Elizabeth was our guide and she did an amazing job. She was very thorough and we learned a lot about the history of the area, as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was very well done. The house has gorgeous wood work through out the home. The surrounding Victorian homes make for a nice walk after or before the tour. Our guide was great, she was a descendant of the Caldwell's and so informative. Well worth your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We visited our daughter who lives in the area and she wanted to show us "old Louisville". We walked by the "Conrad-Caldwell House Museum" and debated about taking the tour. We were so glad we decided to do it. We enjoyed the history and the details of the home. The carved wood details are amazing. The family history is interesting.... More 

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