The Great Hall is the most recent 20th century addition to the inside
of the State House while Ashburton Park is the newest addition to the
outside. Located just behind the East wing, the park highlights the monument
designed by Charles Bulfinch to commemorate the events of the American
Revolution. The height of the column is approximately the same height
of the original Beacon Hill which was leveled off to create the landfill
for Back Bay.
If you walk just beyond the main staircase to the right and go through the glass doors, you will find the Great Hall. The Great Hall is the newest addition to the State House, completed in 1990. Previously it was an open space. It was built up from the basement and topped with a glass dome. This magnificent tri-colored marbled hall is used for official state functions and receptions. The clock was designed by R.M. Fischer a New York artist, to serve as a functional piece of artwork. Fischer was inspired by the clocks that grace the town halls, churches and other meeting halls of New England. In an attempt to relate to the space surrounding the clock, he has employed many arcs and circles that echo the architectural elements of the building such as the arched doorways and circular patterns of the marbled floor.
Underneath the Great Hall there are two new Legislative Hearing Rooms.