Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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Christy H
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We toured this gem of a Victorian house during the St. James Art Fair. Barbara Caldwell Huber and her sister along with cousins and other family members covering five generations served as passionate docents. The family memories of the house made the visit very special. Gordon Caldwell would be so pleased with their desire to carry on the legacy of his childhood home. Don’t miss this one the next time you’re in Louisville, KY.
Written October 4, 2022
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N0rmalee
Bossier City, LA617 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a fantastic home on a street full of gorgeous homes. There were about 8 of us on the tour and our volunteer guide was the great granddaughter of a former owner, so had a lot of both factual and family stories to tell. There are 3 stories plus a double attic and basement, it’s a rags to riches tale of a man who came to this country with nothing and worked hard to be successful. She had stories of her father and aunt going there for meals once a week and always getting into trouble for sliding down the banisters. Since the family had money, the drapes are “puddled” and there’s even a gas fireplace in addition to a radiator on one of the landings. They were early to get electric lights and indoor plumbing. Home is over 10,000 sq ft. This was a wonderful home and tour, highly recommend it!
Written October 8, 2021
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Clint
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had an amazing time exploring the estate! Barb, a descendent of the Caldwells, went above and beyond to inform us of the history of the home AND surrounding neighborhood. We spent three hours here and still feel like we were only scratching the surface. Barb let us know that sometimes she will notice a detail she’s never seen before. The work done by the original craftsmen is truly astounding.
Written June 20, 2022
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Melissa W
Herriman, UT1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Solo
Don’t miss this one!!! This was the highlight of a business trip to Louisville. I dropped in last minute and was able to get on a tour (single) Barb was my tour guide. She was the great granddaughter to the 2nd occupant and had many personal stories about the house and her family. Cherished heirlooms fill the rooms and it feels like a residence. The detail and glamour of this exceptional home is worth the small tour fee. I think they could charge 2x as much for this home / tour.
I’ve been to many old homes as I’ve traveled around the country. The architecture, and history was unmatched from other, even larger, homes of this age / era.
I would jump at the chance to visit this home again. (I only had about an hour and a half due to travel limitations). If you go, be sure to walk the lamplight district this home resides in.
Written March 26, 2022
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Explorethis
New York City, NY88 contributions
Jun 2021
We recently took a tour here, and it was very enjoyable for our entire party. Our tour guide was very informative and took the time to answer all of our questions. You could tell that she loved what she was doing and was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed all of the funny stories she told us about the people who used to live there. It is a beautiful house that has been well kept. Our only complaint was the upper floors were pretty hot, but I guess their air-conditioner wasn't working that day. Overall we had a GREAT time and we are glad we visited.
Written June 26, 2021
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,323 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
The tour lasted about 90 minutes. The building itself is beautiful, with lots of intricate woodwork, flooring, etc. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the house. I would not recommend this tour for kids under the age of nine. We had a family with us with two younger kids, and they gave up about halfway through. Our kids, however, ages 9 to 16, said they enjoyed it. Good value for the money. House is located in a beautiful section of Louisville, right next to Central Park.
Written June 25, 2021
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A B
2 contributions
Jun 2022
What a treasure / beautiful house / area /story. We enjoyed ever minute of our time there. We paid for a self guided tour and ended up with a tour guide ( Beth ) that is a descendant of William Caldwell. The stories were fascinating and the wood work was spectacular. Must see while in Louisville
Written June 6, 2022
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Brenda B
Frankfort, KY3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
We stayed at the nearby Bourbon Inn. The tour of the Conrad -Caldwell Mansion was fabulous. The beauty of the home is outstanding. The craftsmanship in the wood work is stunning. Our guide was a descendent of the Caldwells, so she was able to make the home come “alive” with personal anecdotes.
Written June 16, 2021
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,923 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
This was part of the Old Louisville Mansion tour and undoubtedly the highlight of the tour. At the time it was built it was the most expensive house constructed in the city. Normally there would be a guided tour but since this was part of the Old Louisville Mansion Tour you simply went exploring on your own. Fortunately there were docents in some rooms that shed light on the history of this castle of a house. Two of the docents were actually descendants of the Caldwell family. If anyone knows the history of this house it’s certainly these folks. How cool is that? Parking can be a pain as it’s a residential area. I ended up a couple of blocks away. Old Louisville is a beautiful neighborhood and Saint James Court is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the area.
Written July 24, 2021
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Jade S
White House, TN95 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a beautiful home to tour and admire. We stopped in and immediately upon approaching the front steps saw a sign stating that tours were offered daily at 11, 1 and the last tour at 3. It was 3:20. Regardless, we rang the doorbell and hoped for the best. We were greeted and invited inside and were courteously offered a small tour of the downstairs. Our historical interpreter was Beth who was a descendent of the family. She gave wonderful insight to the home and peppered in many interesting details about her family and their lives. Thank you for inviting us in Conrad-Caldwell House and not turning us away. If you’re thinking of touring, please call them ahead of time to verify as the one of the tours isn’t always offered year round I don’t believe. We will be back for the second and third floors.
Written February 10, 2020
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