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From Student Housing to Hospital to Apartment House

The GoTo Roofing team recently replaced 100 years of roofing on this historic Ann Arbor building. Built in 1901, the house at 419 N. State Street was originally one of seven student boarding houses owned and operated by local businesswoman Ellen Morse. In 1911, Miss Morse donated the house to its across-the-street neighbor, St. Thomas Church, to serve as the first home of what would become St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. “Surgeons operated on the first floor, then carried their patients up the stairs to their rooms above,” according to a hospital history. “In its first year, 243 patients were admitted.”[i]

What does a hundred years of roofing look like? A layer of wooden “cedar shake” tiles was covered by four more layers of asphalt shingles in a variety of colors. The GoTo Roofing team removed it all, and replaced it with the handsome gray roofing shown here.

Good to go for another 20 years!

[i] (For additional information on the history of 419 N. State Street and St. Joseph Mercy hospital, see



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