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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

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Neighbourhood: Old Louisville
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Address: 1402 St. James Court, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone Number: +1 502-636-5023

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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Beautiful home and neighborhood with a historic past

This home is definitely worth a visit. It is in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and is quite beautiful. The land it was built on was originally the site of the Southern... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit. The architecture was beautiful. The tour guide was very informative.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This home is definitely worth a visit. It is in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and is quite beautiful. The land it was built on was originally the site of the Southern Exposition in 1883-1887. The home was built in 1893 for Mr. Conrad and his wife, and later was owned by William Caldwell. in 1947, it was bought by the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Louisville with my aging Father, this was a very nice daytime activity. The home has been well maintained from the Victorian era and provides a nice glimpse into that time period. Make sure to stroll around the neighborhood afterwards.

Thank Keithcu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

At $10 for adults and $5 for students, this is a good value for about 60-90 minutes of your time. The house belonged primarily to two families in the turn of the century and has many large rooms decorated to the period. The house has beautiful wood carvings in the staircase and parts of each main room on the first... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I have lived in Louisville my whole life. I knew of the St. James Court area and it's beautiful homes, but never seized the opportunity to visit. On a whim, I went on a tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum with a few friends. It was a phenomenal experience. The architecture, the history, the carved wood, the furnishings, the artifacts,... More 

2 Thank Denise S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a great site about 2 miles from downtown in a lovely neighborhood. Elizabeth gave our group a very entertaining hour plus tour in which we admired the architecture and furnishings of this lovely home and also learned about the history and lifestyle of some of the families who lived here. I highly recommend this museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I found out about the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum and your via the trolley your I took earlier that day. Our tour guide was knowledgable and provided lots of information about the house, it's history and its owners and residents. A fascinating stop especially for folks who enjoy learning how people from earlier times lived.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Our tour was fantastic but made even more memorable in that it was our guide, Barbara's, great grandparents house which gave all of us even better perspective of the history.

2 Thank Dwrestrepo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Museum tour led by owner's relative was very interesting! Mansion is a beautiful representation of craftsmanship and the lifestyle of the wealthy of the 1890's. It was the highlight of our visit.

3 Thank Nancy M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Beautiful home to see. Unfortunately the docents don't seem know a lot. They were often in conflict with each other. It is $10 to walk through. It is beautiful and worth seeing. You will enjoy if you have minimal expectation on the tour information. I will say they did try. They were a bit rude about using a restroom. I... More 

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Conrad C, Manager at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We always appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors. You happened to visit on an unusual day. The first weekend of October we offer self-guided tours of the house in conjunction with the St. James Court Art Show and ticket prices are half off. If you come at any other time, our regular docents conduct the tours... More 

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