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“Fabulous millwork”

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
Ranked #6 of 185 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 & 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 21 May 2014

I love visiting historic homes and I can't recall one that had this level of detail in the millwork. Worth seeing just for that. However, the tour is excellent, too. They take you through the entire house so you get to see the formal and personal areas of the family. The house sits on beautiful St. James Court which is a lovely place to view many Victorian homes. Highly recommend.

4  Thank joey61
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This is a beautiful old mansion in the heart of Old Louisville. The guided tour was very informative and the grand staircase and stained glass is worth the price of admission alone.If you like architecture this is a must see.

4  Thank MichaelClimo
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The most striking building in the St. James area, the house is neat from the outside and within. I've seen many weddings there and plenty of tour buses pull up for a quick look. If you want to see neat architecture in Louisville you better be in the Old Louisville area, anyway, so why not stop by?

3  Thank Jack S
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

I've lived in Kentuckiana all of my life and never knew such elegance was tucked away in downtown Louisville! Gorgeous architecture and decor. Our guide was the great great granddaughter of the Caldwell's. She was so friendly and informative. Interesting way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Recommend for tourists and locals alike!

4  Thank ming74
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Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

The home is absolutely beautiful! The decorations are lovely and a large amount are original. The tour was interesting and gave us a nice idea of how both the Conrads and the Caldwells lived in the home. If you enjoy the Victorian architecture of Old Louisville, you'll enjoy seeing this home!

3  Thank Ann C
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