We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful 19th Century House”

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
Ranked #4 of 194 things to do in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 November 15, 2013

My husband and I recently enjoyed a tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House while visiting Louisville. It's located in what I think is the most beautiful part of town, Old Louisville, with its many beautiful old mansions. Our tour guide was a family member who infused the tour with lots of family anecdotes. The house is beautifully maintained and has exquisite parquet floors (all different and based on quilt patterns), carved wooden tracery, and wall coverings. I would recommend a visit and a walk around the charming neighborhood. We had no trouble finding free on-street parking.

3  Thank Gnocchetta
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (373)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"great granddaughter"
in 39 reviews
"personal stories"
in 20 reviews
"family stories"
in 12 reviews
"tour guide"
in 37 reviews
"parquet floors"
in 10 reviews
"james court"
in 16 reviews
"home tour"
in 9 reviews
"original owner"
in 7 reviews
"historical home"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful woodwork"
in 4 reviews
"architectural history"
in 4 reviews
"amazing home"
in 4 reviews
"victorian era"
in 6 reviews
"come alive"
in 9 reviews
"beautiful neighborhood"
in 5 reviews
"third floor"
in 10 reviews
"great tour"
in 24 reviews

333 - 337 of 373 reviews

Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful tour by a family member that owned the home at one time. Lucky to have gone on a Thursday as having family be the docent we were given an hour and a half tour instead of 50 minutes. Lots of family history that we would not have otherwise gotten. I highly recommend visiting!!

2  Thank SwtAngeliz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 18, 2013

We visited the Conrad-Caldwell museum while attending the St. James Art Fair. It was so interesting because several of the family members were at the site and shared stories about their ancestors. We are going back soon to take a more detailed tour and learn more about the family and history of the home. Everyone was friendly and you could tell they were very proud of the work that was being done restoring the home to its original splendor.

2  Thank Margaret117
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 18, 2013

I was in Louisville for a wedding and since I love older homes decided to tour the Conrad-Caldwell House with my daughter. I was not disappointed! Our docent was Beth Caldwell, great-granddaughter of the second owner. Her family has kept many items over the years and it was wonderful to hear the stories behind them. The home itself was obviously built with no expense spared. The hand-carved main staircase was amazing. Another thing that fascinated me as a quilter was that the floors in each room in the main living area were quilt patterns! Lots of work went into putting them together. I would highly recommend this home to anyone!

2  Thank Mary F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Visited the Conrad-Caldwell House with recent out of town guests. Being a fan of old homes this place is my favorite in Louisville to show off to my visitors. I especially enjoy the Christmas holiday season when the house is decorated. Keep up the good work!

4  Thank Ricky_Lou
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) also viewed


Been to Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing