Choose from Three Options
$15 for admission for two to Fleur-de-lis on Fourth on Sunday, April 12 ($30 value)
Hosted at The Marketplace Restaurant, Fleur-de-lis on Fourth raises funds for the museum with a silent auction of hand-painted plates. Music and hors d’oeuvres add to the festive atmosphere.
$25 for admission for two to the Exuberant, Elegant, and Alive Old Louisville Home Tour on Saturday, May 23 ($50 value)
This annual walking tour explores the architecture and design of Old Louisville’s Victorian buildings. Attendees also meet David Domine, author of Old Louisville: Exuberant, Elegant, and Alive and can purchase a signed copy of his book.
$40 for admission for two to the Conrad-Caldwell Holiday Victorian Tea at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 5 or Sunday, December 6 ($60 value)
A traditional Victorian tea treats guests to sweet and savory treats and a variety of teas, a tour of the first floor, with all proceeds benefitting the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
It's easy to see why The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is often referred to as "Conrad's Castle." The massive limestone mansion was a marvel when architect Arthur Loomis built it in the late 19th century, using indoor plumbing, electricity, and all the other modern innovations of the time. Today, the house stands as a piece of history, one where preserved decor and family heirlooms make it look just as it did when William and Elaine Caldwell lived there in 1908.
- Size: a three-story Richardsonian Romanesque mansion, with two floors filled with furniture, paintings, and other antiques circa 1908
- Eye Catchers: the limestone masonry work of the house's exterior, including many gargoyles
- Don't Miss: one of the docent-led tours, which may even be hosted by a member of the Caldwell family
- The Price Tag: it cost about $75,000 to build the home in the late 1800s; that would translate to around $3–$4 million today
- Crown Jewel: the Front Hall, where a hand-caved oak grand staircase takes center stage
- Pro Tip: look closely at the floors, moldings, and woodwork—each of the house's main rooms was finished in a different type of hardwood
- While You're in the Neighborhood: visit the other historic homes in the area, such as the Thomas Edison House, where an unnamed genius used to live
- Special Programs: twilight tours held the third Thursday of every month, special exhibits on the third floor, and lectures held throughout the year