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Posted on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 5:59 a.m.

Mott Hospital reveals picturesque new views of Ann Arbor

By Nathan Bomey

Related story: A look inside the University of Michigan's new Mott Children's and Women's Hospital for the first time

Photo gallery: Images from the media tour of the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Much of the attention surrounding the University of Michigan's new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital has centered on its advanced technology, improvements to the patient experience and how it changes the birthing experience for mothers.

But one of the most breaktaking elements of the new hospital has nothing to do with the $754 million, 1.1 million-square-foot facility.

It's the sweeping new views of Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan that instantly catch your eye when you find your way to the congenital heart care center on the hospital's 11th floor.

The views are comparable only to a few other high-rise spots throughout town.

Pat Warner, executive director of the hospitals, said that on a clear day, you can see General Motors' headquarters at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit from the 11th floor of the new Mott Hospital.

The hospital also sits right next to the picturesque Nichols Arboretum, which is still sporting beautiful fall colors.

Check out these photos of what Ann Arbor looks like from the new Mott Hospital.


A view from the new Mott Hospital showcases beautiful fall colors at next-door Nichols Arboretum and beyond. The Huron River can also be seen in this shot.

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This view from the 11th floor of the new Mott Hospital looks back toward the University of Michigan's central campus. Medical Center Drive, which curls around the hospital, can be seen below.

Melanie Maxwell |


This view from the new Mott Hospital looks toward the north. The Lurie Tower on North Campus can be seen in the middle-right-hand portion of the window — and the ex-Pfizer complex can be seen beyond that.

Melanie Maxwell |


This view from the 11th floor of the new Mott Hospital looks toward downtown Ann Arbor. Tower Plaza, Burton Tower and the North Quad complex are among the visible landmarks.

Melanie Maxwell |


Kai Petainen

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 2:01 a.m.

@RU Kidding.... The building is awesome. I thought the building would destroy the view (and I'm quite brutal/honest when something bugs me). I actually think the building enhances the view of the Ann Arbor skyline. I see it constantly from my window, so if I hated it, I'd let you know. The building blocks a few of the sunsets, but when the sun rises/sets, the sun reflections glow nicely off the building. Also (I mentioned it before), it acts as a wicked lightning rod and it's fun watching the lightning as it hits that building. So I disagree with you, and I think the building looks cool. I'll keep taking pretty pictures of the new hospital, and eventually I'll contrast those with the ugly Fuller parking lot (and any nearby pollution). I'm a big fan of the new building, its purpose, the location, the architecture, the workers that built it, and the art inside of it. I'm not a big fan of nearby unsolved events and proposed parking lots. To borrow your line, I don't like some of the stuff OUTSIDE of the building.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:17 a.m.

It's unfortunate that to get these great views they had to construct an absolute behemoth of a building that destroys the view and skyline for those OUTSIDE the building. You didn't used to see buildings from a lot of areas inside the arb and the cedar bend nature area, which really added to their charm. You can see this thing pretty much no matter where you go.

Marilyn Wilkie

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 12:25 a.m.

Very nice. I especially like the first one of the Arb. The second one shows Forest Hill where my family is buried. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Shiffler

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

The one view they missed was the one overlooking the site of the 6-story parking garage that the city and university are planning to build in Fuller Park.

Kai Petainen

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 10:49 p.m.

Nancy. Not to worry, I'm sure someone that lives nearby won't mind taking a few before/after photos for you.


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 2:22 p.m.

At what height are those windows? At the main hospital, for its redesign three decades ago, I was told they set the windows extra-low in the patient rooms so that a patient in bed had a better chance of seeing a view of trees. Since this is a kids' hospital, that would be even more appropriate. Did they do anything like that for this one?

Nathan Bomey

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 3:38 p.m.

@ArgoC Great question. Here's a full photo gallery from the entire tour. It includes images of the patient rooms: <a href=""></a> I can't recall anything specific about the level of the windows from Tuesday's media tour, but they definitely seemed low enough for most children to be able to peer outside.

David Briegel

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Ann Arbor and the river valley provide a wonderful view from on high. It is nice that both St. Joe's and U of M Hospitals have commanding views of that natural beauty. Nice photo's. Autumn is my favorite time of year.

Kai Petainen

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

sweet view (and cool photos)!


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 12:23 p.m.

Thanks to Charles Mott for the donation. This is good for our town.