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A Victorian Castle in Old Louisville

In the heart of Old Louisville stands the stately Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, the most opulent creation of renowned Kentucky architect Arthur Loomis. Known to locals as “Conrad’s Castle,” this historic home rises amid a lush courtyard neighborhood and epitomizes the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture. In its day, it was a testament to engineering innovation, boasting such cutting-edge technology as electric lights and indoor plumbing. Just as impressive, the exterior is adorned with elegant archways, enchantingly ghoulish gargoyles, intricate stone designs, and dazzling stained glass windows. Visitors will marvel at the ornate woodwork and seven types of hardwoods found inside, as well as the many original furnishings and works of art purchased by the home’s wealthy 19th- and early-20th-century owners, Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell. Self-guided tours are not permitted. However, guided tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 1 P.M. and 3 P.M., and on Saturday at 11 A.M., 1 P.M., and 3 P.M.

Address: 1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208