Welcome to the tour of the Hill House.
This house, built in 1904, is one of the most well-known works of Charles Hill, the famous architect.
It was designed and built for a local entrepreneur and his family.
Before starting the tour, let me give you a brief introduction about the design of this amazing building.
Prior to beginning his design, the architect spent some time in the client's old home, observing their life and studying their habits.
This meant that he could design the house according to the needs of the family.
The client's main desire was to have a home with a unique design.
So the architect was given complete freedom.
The building style is radically different from what was the fashion of the period.
At the time, most large homes were constructed of timber and brick.
This one, however, is made of concrete, a novel construction material in those days.
The interior of the house, including fittings and furniture, was also designed by the same person.
Most of the furniture you will see, is original and in good condition.
However, those pieces in the children's bedrooms are copies built to the designs of the architect.
Fortunately, all the blueprints for both the building and its contents have been preserved, so we've been able to replace badly damaged furniture.
Let's begin our tour, starting from the rooms.
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Question 22: What do we learn about the speaker?
Question 23: What the architect do before beginning his design?
Question 24: What did the architect's client mainly want?
Question 25: What do we learn about the pieces of furniture in the children's bedrooms?