(323/7) 425 Ellis Street; Windeler Apartments. Apartment building with sixty-two one- and two-room units. 6B stories; reinforced concrete structure with brick and painted terra cotta facade; decorative brickwork, terra cotta base with arched openings and decorative belt course, galvanized iron cornice; three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule: marble floor, terra cotta walls, doorway with wood, glass, and bronze; decorative lobby hard to see; sign: “424 Ellis Apartments, Rooms” on bronze plaque next to entry; alterations: aluminum windows, painted terra cotta. West portion of lot is parking lot. Original owner Peter Windeler, Secretary, Enterprise Brewing Company. Architect: August Nordin. 1915.
Amid the surrounding architecture, the Windeler is somewhat of a novelty, distinguished by the subtle embroidery of its patterned brickwork, the peculiar design of its cornice, and its oddly flamboyant belt course. Such eye-catching admixtures of eccentric ornament are virtually the signature of August Nordin, who also designed the Cristobal Apartments on O’Farrell Street.