The Gatehouse, is located somewhat east of the original asylum grounds, on Lakeshore Road, between Islington and Kipling. It was originally the entrance to the asylum and today leads to the former doctor’s residence, known as Cumberland House.
At one time, the Gatehouse was occupied by the Assistant Superintendent of the asylum, Dr. Carson.
After the asylum closed, the building suffered a rather “shady” existence. The house was boarded up and abandoned for over 30 years. It was typically frequented by drug users, and commonly referred to as a “crack-house”, as often occurs with abandoned buildings.
Thankfully, in 1998, with the inspiration of Arthur Raymond Lockhart, support from a registered charitable organization and help from over 400 community volunteers, the building was renovated and turned into a centre to provide support to abused children, their families, and adult survivors. For more information, please check out their website: The Gatehouse.
A story, published in the Etobicoke Guardian – July 8, 2001, can be found at the following URL: http://www.abalancedlife.ca/images/Etobicoke%20guardian%20july%208%202001.pdf.
Below is a picture of The Gatehouse today: (My hats off to those who found a way to not only restore and preserve this historical building, but to also provide a viable and important community service!)