Mrs. Bata's mission reflects both an obligation to the community bearing
the family name, and a labour of love for a former architectural student
who has never practised her craft.
"I still have an image of architectural purity. Today, you go to the
suburbs and you have that fake stone and fake brick — it's horrible,"
Mrs. Bata says.
Mrs. Bata lives in Toronto now, although she and her 91-year-old husband
Thomas still have a home at Batawa.
She does not dream of building faux French chateaux or English country
houses, but of creating interesting, modern and affordable dwellings
that align comfortably with the natural surroundings of forest and fields.