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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
Ranked #9 of 174 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-$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!
Decatur, Michigan
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“Amazing”
Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

We planned to visit this historic home on our way through Louisville. Unfortunately, we arrived at 2 pm--which is not a tour time. Tours are currently at 1 and 3. We wandered through the beautiful neighborhood to kill time. As 3:00 neared we headed back to the house and waited for the tour to start. Our tour guide was Margaret, who is the great-granddaughter of the Caldwells (who were the second owners of the house). The tour was spectacular. Margaret pointed out which items were family pieces and gave a bit of family history along with the history of the house. The house itself is simply amazing. The woodwork is so very detailed. The parquet floors are different in each room. I've toured many historic homes and often leave feeling a bit disappointed. That was not the case with this house and tour--I enjoyed every bit of the tour.

Visited October 2013
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Auburn
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“spectacular house”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a fabulous docent and our 1 hour tour lasted for 2 hours. The house and the street are fabulous.

Visited September 2013
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Nashville
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“Historical home”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

The day we toured the home, there was a wedding about to take place in 'the park' nearby and the bride and bridesmaids were on the 2nd floor preparing; but this did not affect our tour. We toured all floors of the home open to the public and enjoyed it thoroughly. Don't miss it!

Visited September 2013
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Versailles, Kentucky
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“Worth a visit to St. James Court”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We so enjoyed our tour of this wonderful home in the lovely St. James Court area of Louisville. The tour was special because our tour guide was a family member and could add wonderful anecdotes to make the house come to life. To get the most of your tour try to go when the weather is pleasant because there is no way to aircondition the house due to the 18 inch solid walls.

Visited September 2013
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Strongsville, Ohio, United States
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“Louisville weekend.”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The details put into building this mansion was excellent. All the wood trim and floors are beautiful. Worth stopping to see.

Visited July 2013
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