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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127
+1 502-636-5023
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Excellent tour by Barb! Amazing history and touching family stories!

The mansion had such detailed architecture and the tour guide, Barb, was very informative with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
sandystaton11
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Corbin, Kentucky
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Victorian jewel

If history and Victorian mansions interest you, then this one is a must. Great tour with very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Paul R
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Canfield, Ohio
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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!
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1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The mansion had such detailed architecture and the tour guide, Barb, was very informative with history as well as family stories for every room!! Will go back and bring friends and family!! Loved the tour!!

4  Thank sandystaton11
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If history and Victorian mansions interest you, then this one is a must. Great tour with very informed docents. It’s located in a neighborhood full of Victorian homes. Walk the neighborhood after the tour. The area was the site of an exposition, and that story...More

5  Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a wonderful tour. Our experience was enhanced by having the great granddaughter of the original Caldwells of the house as our tour guide. We especially enjoyed hearing her personal stories and connections to the home. We highly recommend this tour!

6  Thank RekitRoadTrip
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What could be better than to hear about a house from someone who loves it, and the people who lived there? Beth, the Caldwell's granddaughter was happy to share stories of her family, as well as show off the fine work and furniture. I highly...More

7  Thank Karen L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always enjoy historic home tours, and this one was especially good because our tour guide, Beth, is a descendant of the Caldwell's. She told interesting, personal stories about many of the objects and furnishings throughout the house. It's well worth your time!

7  Thank StephJmacy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The docents are very knowledgeable. The tour was amazing and worth the entrance fee and hour long tour.

5  Thank Liz22407
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of the Old Louisville tour. Wonderful house with over 50 rooms. Tour guide was Great Gandaughter of the man who built the house.

4  Thank tropictraveller47
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had an excellent time on the tour. Our guide was informative and entertaining, and the house was incredible! There is a lot of history in this house, and even if you're not a history buff you'll enjoy yourself with all there is to see....More

4  Thank Sabrina L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house and the families and the history of Louisville. This was a great tour. I took high school age kids. Maybe not so interesting for little ones (can't touch anything) We loved it!!

5  Thank BrendaB1967
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is great. For $10 you get an AMAZING nearly 2 hour tour (even the attic!) by an actual descendant of the folks who built and lived in the house. SO much history about the house, the surrounding area and the people who lived...More

5  Thank sarah_malinky
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978michaell
27 November 2016|
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Response from Conrad C | Property representative |
Thanks for your question, Michael. We are open from Wednesday through Sunday with guided tours of the home at 1pm and 3pm. We offer an additional tour on Saturday morning at 11am. We also hold our twilight tours on the... More
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bolanmoen
29 September 2016|
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Response from Don G | Reviewed this property |
Best to drive, parking can be found up and down the side streets or across the road a city park, side roads can get full. on a nice day well worth short walk to look at the gorgeous old homes in the area. No problem buying... More
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Margaret N
2 May 2016|
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Response from Margaret Y | Property representative |
Our tours are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military, and $5 for students. We offer guided tours of the house Wednesday-Sunday at 1pm and 3pm with an additional tour on Saturday morning at 11am.
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