History Of Madness Essay

1677 WordsMar 22, 20117 Pages
Architecture plays an essential role in the world because it can either define or break a business, a school, a public facility, or even a neighbourhood. Regardless of the few segregated areas of Toronto, it would be difficult to find another location in the world that strongly emphasized its integration of different people from throughout the globe. Although that is something to take pride in, there are some things in the city that we fail to pay attention to in terms of importance and value. In turn, it becomes that portion of the city that many locals will rarely speak highly of because they never felt the need to give it the appreciation it may or may not deserve. Falling into this portion for some would be the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Even though it is located in the heart of the city, many fail to recognize its importance in our society because let’s face it, the facility looks like it doesn’t belong. It looks like it doesn’t belong because it was meant to be that way, a ‘rural’ structure in an urban environment. It is contradicting but at that time, people felt that it was the right thing to do. However, efforts have been made to erase the line that separates the community from the mental health facility that stands today. It only made sense to build a new structure that represented the purpose of CAMH, to transform lives. Though looking into the past, mental health facilities didn’t always look as promising as it does today. Prior to the transformation made since the 80’s, it seemed almost impossible to ‘shine light’ on this specific facility. The Provincial Lunatic Asylum, eventually known as “999” Queen Street West was erected in 1850 to accommodate – or rather lock up - those that society believed suffered from mental illness. The facility that was believed to inspire rationality did exactly that and formed a sense of permanent

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