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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
Ranked #5 of 202 things to do in Louisville
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Owner description: 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 & Military-$8 Students-$6 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!
Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are in the area I highly recommend this tour. Keep in mind it is a small museum with light visitation, so it is always wise to call in advance to make sure a tour is available when you need it. There are so many gorgeous houses in the neighborhood; I always wondered what it would have been like to see one in its original grandeur. This is about as close as you are going to get. It has been selectively restored, meaning that certain rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom were omitted from the restoration. The rest is done very nicely. I took the tour with a friend of mine who is a carpenter, and even he was stunned by the amount of time that was spent on some of the wood work inside the house. Some of the furniture and display pieces belonged to the occupants. Amazingly, the floors are original, and they are spectacular. There is a different parquet pattern in most of the rooms. An intimate tour of this place for 10 bucks a head is well worth the price of admission. As other reviewers have said, you may get a tour from a family member of one of the original owners.

9  Thank accountant_guy
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Beautiful interiors, great that the guides were personally related to the family home owners. Would have liked to hear more dirt about happenings in the home. the history was very "clean".

1  Thank KDBMinneapolis
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Tour is very informative, tour guides very knowledgable. One of the tour guides is a decentdant of the Caldwell family.

2  Thank innkeeper1877
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Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

Very interesting place to check out. Beautiful home with French influence and architecture. Every room decorated in the period and beautiful windows and moldings. I enjoyed the docents comments and personal stories from her memories of the house. Worth the time and money.

5  Thank Elseinutah
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Very informative tour through a very well preserved home. Loved all the hand carved wood and personal items from the owners. Didn't like that you were not allowed to take pictures.

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