The Conrad/Caldwell House was built between 1892 and 1895 by Louisville businessman Theophilus Conrad and designed by architect Arthur Loomis at a cost of $35,000. The architectural style is known as Richardson Romanesque, which is characterized by the heavy stone construction and arches set on short columns. The beautiful hand-carved stone exterior is matched on the interior by elaborate woodcarvings and woodwork.
The house exemplifies the ambitions of the rising business class during and after the Civil War Reconstruction and the lifestyle of many Louisville entrepreneurs at the turn of the century.
The Conrad Caldwell House is located in the heart of Old Louisville, the largest Victorian district in the United States. Old Louisville is the third-largest National Preservation District in the country, and home to one of the top outdoor art shows in the country. The land for the neighborhood was developed after the Southern Exposition of 1883-1887, a World’s Fair type of event that showcased the rising manufacturing base of the south.