Old Louisville is a historic district and neighborhood in central Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, among others; and many blocks have had few or no buildings razed. There are also several 20th-century buildings from 15 to 20 stories.
Old Louisville consists of about 48 city blocks and is located north of the University of Louisville's main campus and south of Broadway and Downtown Louisville, in the central portion of the modern city. The neighborhood hosts the renowned St. James Court Art Show on the first weekend in October.
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Linda Roe | Mar 25, 2018
I have lived in Louisville over forty-five years and enjoyed all the festivities of St. James Court. So, I have visited this area on many occasions. That said I had never toured the Conrad-Caldwell House until today. This historic home is well worth the time spent there. This is a hidden jewel in this beautiful area.
Heysha DÍaz Meléndez | Apr 8, 2018
Barb took us through the historic "Louisville Palace". She is one of the Caldwell descendants, and added such a personal touch to the guided tour. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it immensely. Definitely a Louisville must see.
Shrea Goswami | Jan 31, 2018
If you're visiting Louisville, this old Louisville house is worth it. I recommend to take the tour, which beautifully explains the architecture and the owners of the house, as well as a little about the southern exposition. The gift shop has really cute things to buy from as well. The tickets are 10$for adult and 6$ for students which is extremely reasonable. All in all a site and neighborhood worth visiting.
Nate Beard | Apr 12, 2018
Definitely worth the tour. Rich with Louisville history. Our guide Barb was absolutely amazing with family ties to the history of this home.
Erin Brady | May 10, 2018
Really beautiful home, neat option to tour. Definitely worth a visit if you're into old homes.
Sooner Hart | Jun 14, 2018
Excellent and informative tour! Went on a Thursday when great granddaughters are giving tour. They are a welth of information. Most items inside are original to when their great grandparents had home.
Jeffrey Li | Nov 15, 2017
Located at the old entrance to the Southern Exposition world fairs of 1883 to 1887, the Conrad-Caldwell house is a lovely piece of architecture, and a place that captures the interior design of the era. The Romanesque architecture of the exterior is worth spending a little bit of time with, since much of the decoration is unique from one example to the next, rather than having the same repeated across the house. The tour of the interior is interesting for the fact that one of the great-grandchildren is the docent, and peppers the tour with anecdotes from her memories of the house and her relatives. The tour goes through most of the rooms which are populated with furniture from the era and some from the house itself where it is available. The decorative items are almost all from the original house as well. The house is at its fanciest in the entrance level, with each level becoming less so, and, not surprisingly, the servants quarters are even more utilitarian. The top level is in need of maintenance, and if you are lucky you also get to see some of the storage spaces. The house has three levels that are part of the tour, all accessed by stairs. There is an elevator in the house, but I do not know if that is available for people with disabilities or not. The tour takes about an hour. Just down the street there is a fountain from the Southern Exposition worth taking a look at, and across the street is Central Park, which survives from the Exposition, though reconfigured. Street parking is easily had around the neighborhood, but be aware that you are right across the street from a police station so illegal parking is not advised.
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