Constructed in 1929-30, The Windsor Arms offers classic style. The apartments are spacious, well laid out, and filled with period details. Some units feature fireplaces and leaded glass windows.
The building showcases a detailed entrance portico, stepped brick parapets with stained and leaded glass windows, and an elegant lobby with plaster cornice and terrazzo floors inlaid with marble.
Residents of The Windsor Arms can stroll to restaurants on Elgin, walk to work near Parliament Hill, or meander to entertainment at Landsdowne Park. And there's always the nearby Rideau Canal for a scenic run.
With many layouts featuring central halls that connect rooms, the units at The Windsor Arms impress on first visit. The forty-two suites have generously proportioned spaces, with some living rooms measuring twenty-five by twelve feet.
From spacious bachelors to grand apartments with two bedrooms plus sunroom, there are nine standard floor plan models on the second through fifth floors. The ground level features a collection of unique floor plans, including one bedroom plus sunroom suites.
Most principal rooms at The Windsor Arms have deep, richly-stained hardwood mouldings. Nine foot ceilings and hardwood floors give the interiors traditional charm. Select units have wood burning fireplaces, while most others have handsome mantels on faux fireplaces.
Varying by apartment, other fine features include built-in china hutches, ironing board cabinets, kitchen banquettes, and floor-to-ceiling cedar cupboards. Original Belgian bathroom subway tiling is inlaid with colour banding, providing a simple and timeless look.
Erected in 1929 to be Ottawa's premier address, The Windsor Arms was said to have every imagineable modern convenience. It was designed in the Art Deco Stripped Classicism style by architect Cecil Burgess, and the builder Stewart Christie claimed the cost of construction to be 85% above the average because of conveniences put into the structure.
Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, The Windsor Arms enjoys a Category 1 status placing it in the top-tier of protected buildings within the Centretown Heritage Conservation District. In 2009, Andrex received a certificate of merit from the City of Ottawa for the restoration of the brick and stone parapets.
Located directly south of the Museum of Nature, The Windsor Arms is a short walk from Ottawa's downtown core. Nearby Elgin and Bank streets offer residents fine restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Groceries and essentials are all within strolling distance.
Both the Byward Market and Glebe can be reached on foot within 10 to 25 minutes, as well as the University of Ottawa. Nearby greenspace abounds, with the Rideau Canal, perfect for running and cycling, and Central Park, ideal for summer picnics, close by.
150 Argyle Avenue
Stripped Classicism (early Art Deco)
One passenger, one freight
Fireplaces and stained glass
Centretown Heritage Conservation District, Category 1 building