Featuring The Grabfelder-Handy Mansion, Open To The Public For The First Time In Over 40 Years

LOUISVILLE, KY (February 28, 2018) - Designed to bring visitors an extraordinary glimpse into some of Louisville’s greatest urban jewels, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum have partnered to launch the Old Louisville Mansions Tour.

The inaugural two-day tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 from noon to 6:00 p.m. The 2018 tour will showcase Old Louisville’s great boulevard, Third Street, known in the Victorian Era as Millionaires Row. This is not just a home tour it is an art, antique, architecture, and history lovers dream tour. Eight premier mansions and museums will be on display with supreme art and antique collections. Mansions on tour will include:

  • The Beaux Arts “Samuel Grabfelder Mansion” at 1442 South Third Street
  • The Federal “Oscar and Mary Fenley House” at 1458 South Third Street
  • The Neoclassical “Century Court” at 1355 South Third Street
  • The Victorian Eclectic “Peyton Clark House” 1333 South Third Street
  • The Beaux Arts “Ferguson Mansion” 1310 South Third Street
  • The Neoclassical “Old Louisville Fleur de Lis Inn” 1470 South Third Street
  • The Italianate “Crane House” 1244 South Third Street
  • The Richardsonian Romanesque “Conrad Caldwell House” 1402 St. James Court.

The Grabfelder-Handy Mansion was recognized in 2016 by the Kentucky Historical Society for the beauty of the architecture, the architect, William Dodd, and the original owner, Samuel Grabfelder a distiller and prominent philanthropist who help found Jewish Hospital. This home has not been open to the public in over forty years.

The Filson Historical Society will open the Ferguson Mansion and allow guests to tour not only the residence, but also the Filson’s current special exhibits. Additionally, the Asia Institute Crane House will open their Italianate mansion and current art exhibits.

Included in the ticket price Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is sponsoring a bourbon tasting, which is included with the purchase of a tour ticket. The bourbon tasting will be from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Conrad-Caldwell House, which will also be open for guests to tour. Guests are encouraged to wear their Derby hats to the tour and to take a photo in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House and share it on Instagram by tagging #oldlouisvilleky.

Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased through oldlouisville.org. or by visiting at the Old Louisville Visitors Center in Central Park (1340 S. Fourth Street or call (502) 635-5244). Day-of- tickets are $30 and can be purchased online until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 or by visiting the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Special $10 tickets for those with a college I.D. are available for day-of purchase only.  Purchased tickets can be picked up at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum on Saturday or Sunday starting at 11:45 a.m. 

There is ample street parking and the Filson Historical Society has offered tour-goers free parking at their museum and across the street at Third and Ormsby Avenue. For more information about the Old Louisville Mansions Tour, visit oldlouisville.org/mansions-tour or conrad-caldwell.org. Follow the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council on Facebook at facebook.com/oldlouisvilleneighborhood.

Posted on 2018-03-01 by