Archives unveil Zlín’s famous Baťa villa had different author than previously assumed

Photo: archive of Czech Radio

The villa of the founder of the global shoe empire Baťa was not built by the famous Czech architect Jan Kotěra as had been assumed by historians for many decades. Freshly discovered evidence from the archives shows that the building, which now functions as the headquarters of the Thomas Bata Foundation, was in fact constructed by a lesser known architect called František Novák.

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Authors: Thomas McEnchroe, Růžena Vorlová, Roman Verner