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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 Ct, Louisville, KY 40208
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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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We were lucky enough to get the great great granddaughter of Caldwell. She told stories she remembered from her childhood. It is a challenge to feel the spirits of the depated in... read more

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to get the great great granddaughter of Caldwell. She told stories she remembered from her childhood. It is a challenge to feel the spirits of the depated in the house. An hour tour took 1:45 minutes but loved every personal detail.

1 Thank bklyndelight
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very nice tour of the house, which included very interesting stories. Beautiful architecture throughout the house. Most furnishings are not original but they did a good job of finding authentic period pieces. The price of the tour was appropriate and parking was easy to find in front of the house. Be on time because the tours begin promptly!

Thank 340cruiser
Wisconsin, USA
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Only guided tours are offered of this 3 story mansion from the 1890's. There is an elevator and chairs to sit on in most rooms for those with walking/standing concerns. The docent was an encyclopedia of knowledge and the tour lasted about 1 1/2 hours so plan accordingly. There is an admission, but still made a small donation. This area... More 

1 Thank travelgal058
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The house itself is gorgeous and extremely interesting, but I would have preferred a more fluent tour guide. He was very nice, and I could tell that he truly enjoys giving tours, but he seemed nervous by a crowd of people. That being said, J still recommend visiting this Louisville landmark and the surrounding community.

Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour of a beautiful home! The history of the home became even more real to us given the fact Barb, a Caldwell family member, was our guide. She truly presented the home in a unique manner to compliment its uniqueness. The kids (8 & 15) were as interested and impressed as us adults.

4 Thank BeckyandJesse T
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Wife and I toured the house and very much enjoyed the beautiful rooms, restoration, history and overall experience.

3 Thank Barry F
Carey, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Our tour guide was was a great granddaughter of one of the original owners. Her person stories made the history of the home come alive. The home is beautiful with very few changes from the original. The street where it is located is lined with many beautiful homes. This is definitely worth the visit.

3 Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Lovely house to tour! The tour guide had a lot of information and even helped point us to another place to visit while in town. The architecture and history of this place is fascinating! Parking can be limited and better for smaller vehicles. Be sure to walk and see all the wonderful houses on the road, there is even a... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Love driving through Old Louisville looking at the Victorian era architecture. Take the time, then take your time. Hit up Monnik Beer Company brewery for a bit to eat and a great beer.

2 Thank obiratkenobi
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed are tour to the castle! Our tour guide was great granddaughter of the original owners and the knowledge was very impressive!

2 Thank Kelm B

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