1980–1999: Re-Adaptive Use

Gatehouse, May 2011.


  • the first installment of Police Academy is filmed on the grounds the former hospital.


  • Cumberland House is renovated at a cost of $400,000 and becomes home to the Jean Tweed Centre after a three-year fundraising campaign
  • the second installment of Police Academy is filmed on the grounds the former hospital.


  • the grounds of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital are designated as a heritage property by the Province of Ontario under the Ontario Heritage Act.


  • Humber College signs a ninety-nine-year lease on the buildings of the former hospital and begins to restore them.


  • a non-profit organization renovates the Gatehouse, opening a supportive centre for children and adults.


Court, John. “Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital–A Vital Part of the CAMH Legacy.” May 1, 2001.
Court, John. “Re: Humber College Timeline.” E-mail to Jim Graves. March 1, 2004.
Melamet-Vetter, Walther. “The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, A World of Its Own, Another Coocoo’s Nest, In New Toronto.” Toronto: July 1989.
Ontario Heritage Properties Program. Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Etobicoke, Ontario: N00406. April, 1986.

All primary sources retrieved from the Archives for the History of Canadian Psychiatry and Mental Health Services, January 30 and April 21–22, 2005. Images from the Archives of Ontario, Asylum Projects, RootsWeb, City of Toronto Archives, and from author’s collections. Additional information and corrections were provided by Ed Janiszewski and Ron McKinley.