Snapshots

The TMC’s most Instagrammable places

Scenes and landmarks from the world's largest medical city


By Alexandra Becker | September 3, 2019

The Texas Medical Center is known around the world for its patient care, education and research—but it’s also a city in and of itself. Every day, thousands of employees, patients and visitors walk past unforgettable landmarks and striking architecture. With the approach of our 75th anniversary in 2020, we put together a list of some of the most photographed places here in the world’s largest medical city, but it is by no means complete. We encourage you to share your favorite places and moments in the TMC on social media, and be sure to tag us using #TMCsnapshots.

THIRD COAST RESTAURANT

John P. McGovern TMC Commons, 6550 Bertner Ave., 6th floor

Whether you’re grabbing a quick breakfast before clinic, enjoying a lunch meeting or sneaking in a happy hour with colleagues, the upscale restaurant run by executive chef Jon Buchanan offers plenty of photo-worthy dishes and drinks, including blueberry buttermilk pancakes.

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TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SIGNAGE

6621 Fannin St.

Reminiscent of a whimsical storybook, the colorful, halo-lit, painted aluminum letters placed among flowerbeds also serve as a wayfinding tool that spells out

T-E-X-A-S C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N-’S H-O-S-P-I-T-A-L.

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WORTHAM PARK

Corner of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street

Constructed by John Burgee Architects in 1991, the row of towering waterfall fountains is a perfect backdrop for portraits or quiet moments of reflection.

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Photo credit: Jessica Pierce with Bella Baby Photography.

LABOR AND DELIVERY UNITS

Multiple hospitals in the TMC

Welcoming a baby into the world is often described as one of the best days of a parent’s life, so it’s no wonder that newborn photos taken during those very first moments are shared far and wide. This photo shows Tessy Carpenter and her son, Calvin Carpenter, born on January 6, 2019 at Texas Children’s Hospital’s Pavilion for Women.

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BILL COATS BRIDGE

Hermann Park, southwest of MacGregor Drive and Almeda Road

The 290-foot suspension bridge for cyclists and pedestrians connects natural areas at the edge of the medical center to the heart of Hermann Park.

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SURVIVOR BELLS

Multiple cancer centers and hospitals in the TMC

Patients who have completed cancer treatment are often offered the opportunity to a ring a bell signifying the end of chemotherapy or radiation. Shauntelle Tynan, pictured at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, traveled from Ireland for treatment.

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THE WATERWALL

John P. McGovern TMC Commons, 6550 Bertner Ave.

Equal parts soothing and mesmerizing, the TMC’s waterwall is illuminated for national health observances or major milestones—like our hometown Astros winning the World Series.

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JAMES TURRELL’S “TWILIGHT EPIPHANY” SKYSPACE

Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, West Quadrangle, Rice University Campus

“Twilight Epiphany” is the 73rd in a worldwide series of light-filled architectural spaces created by the famous artist. At sunrise and again at sunset, LED lights cast against the Skyspace slowly change colors, complementing the sky’s natural transformation.

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Photo credit: MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The iconic garden contains more than 500 roses and is a cherished place for employees, patients and loved ones to rest, reflect and recharge.




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