Exploring Old Louisville- America's Largest Victorian Neighborhood and Conrad's Castle
Did you know that Louisville, Kentucky has one of the largest preserved districts of Victorian neighborhoods in America? About 260 homes were built in 1883-1886 due to the city's role in hosting the Southern Exposition- an incredible series of world fairs that caused an influx of wealthy families to move there.
The array and variety of these historic Victorian mansions are truly astounding. You will also find beautiful mature oak and magnolia trees lining the streets with gas-lit lamp posts that complete the quaintness of the neighborhood. There are also sweet little Cafes to visit and Bed and Breakfasts to stay in. We didn't get to go on a walking tour, but they do offer them starting in the spring!
We were able to tour the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum- also known as Conrad's Castle. My husband and I both left this tour agreeing that it was one of the best tours we've ever done. You could tell our tour guide was passionate about the house, she even was a descendant of Mr. Caldwell. A lot of the home decor and pictures are original from the first family that lived there. The tour guide went into incredible detail about the woodwork, flooring, stained glass, and family history of the two businessmen that resided there.
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The house is an example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture- which contains thick walls, round arches, large towers, limestone, gargoyles, and elaborate stone designs. It also held all the latest innovations of its day including interior plumbing, electrical lighting, and gas fireplaces.
During the tour, you will get to go to every room (there are 17!) with the tour guide as she explains the history, architecture, and original pieces they were able to save. The tour lasted almost 2 hours, but to be honest, if I could stay longer, I would!
Tours are currently being held every Saturday and Sunday. You can purchase your ticket in advance on their website. They also offer haunted tours around Halloween and decorate the house beautifully around Christmas time!
Do you also love old Victorian houses? Would you love to go on a tour of this neighborhood and Conrad's Castle? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Travels! <3