Old Louisville: The lavish Conrad-Caldwell House

The magnificent “Conrad’s Folly,” the Theophilus T Conrad house, was built in 1893-95. This vast, all-limestone pile was designed by Arthur Loomis of Clarke and Loomis at the peak of his career. No residence in Old Louisville is more lavishly ornamented with the most refined and skilled work of the stone-carver, or was more expensive in its day. (The original cost was at least $35,000.)

This design is one of the purest examples of the influence of the great American architect H H Richardson in the Falls of the Ohio region, although Loomis maintains a quality all his own, particularly in the details that relieve, in some cases even whimsically, the bold Syrian or Romanesque round arches,  the varied and deeply set window embrasures, and the massive turrets that seem to grow out of the nobly-massed main block. The interior woodwork is cherry, maple and oak. – Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form, 1974

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

Now the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, here is how the front of the Theophilus T Conrad house looked from the southeast

Conrad-Caldwell House


East and north elevations

Conrad-Caldwell House


Theophilus Conrad Home

Located at 1402 St James Court, Louisville, Kentucky

Conrad-Caldwell House


The mansion’s front portico

Conrad-Caldwell House


Portico with stone carving detail

Conrad-Caldwell House

Photos from the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

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