Transformation of the Cottages

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In 1967, Humber College found its roots in Etobicoke at the James S. Bell Elementary School. Since then, Humber College has expanded to find its new home in the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital cottages and the former Lakeshore Teachers’ College. The former Lakeshore Teacher’s College (which is now A/B Building) closed in 1971 and in the mid- 1970s, Humber College officially moved in. By 1995, Humber was offering classes in the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital cottages.


"The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital was designed by provincial architect Kivas Tully between 1889 and 1894. Between the years 1889 and 1979, approximately thirty hospital, residential, staff, administration and service buildings were constructed ... The core of the Kivas Tuylly plan at Mimico tincluded ten similar two-storey cottages with verandas in a U-shaped plan: an Administration Building was featured at the head of the east side facing a ceremonial circular drive. The five south Cottages were first occupied by female patients, and the five north by male patients. The buildings were (and still are) connected at the basement level with a system of tunnels for service and supply." 

 

The entire restoration of the cottages was a 16 year project which was completed between 1992 and 2008. The images pictured here show the plans and construction to restore the hospital cottages into educational facilities. As you walk around this campus, you can begin to notice the small details of how the architects seamlessly integrated new features with the architectural heritage of the site. Not only were the original brick and windows conserved, but new awnings were created for the cottages which keep consistent with the original wood and red brick aesthetic. As you make your way to the north side of the cottages, you can see how the ‘wooden’ verandas have been replicated with a more sustainable material. What other features do you think have been conserved, replaced, or added?

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References 

Documentation of the plans and construction, courtest of Taylor Hazell Architects

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Architect's Sketch

A sketch in the restoration design process shows a walkway between the cottages. These walkways are intended for students, faculty, and the community to intersect and socialize.