Public Act 87-496, effective July 1, 1987, established the Department of Public Works. Prior to that date, the Department functioned as a Bureau of the Department of Administrative Services. On July 1, 2011 the department was eliminated with construction responsibilities transferred to the new Department of Construction Services and all other functions transferred to the Department of Administrative Services. It was responsible for the purchase, lease and construction of property and space to house State agencies, and the operation and maintenance of State of Connecticut facilities. Materials in the collection include architectural plans and specifications for for State Capitol maintenance and repair projects, photographs of various Public Works projects, groundbreaking and dedication programs, and files documenting the Home Ownership Program.