In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
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Who We Are

Capitol Superintendent's Office

AOC staff from the Capitol Sheet Metal Shop make repairs on the roof of the Capitol.

The AOC Capitol Building Superintendent's Office, led by Superintendent Carlos Elias, is responsible for the day-to-day structural, mechanical and domestic care of the Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitor Center.

The Capitol Building Superintendent's office is comprised of a number of shops that include carpentry, electrical, elevator, labor, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, masonry, painting and decorating, plumbing, and sheet metal division, and flag office.

These skilled tradespersons and laborers work behind the scenes providing services that include: ensuring a safe and comfortable indoor environment; preserving historic structures; flying flags over the Capitol; and special events set-up.

Services available through the Capitol Service Center:

  • Furniture and cabinet installation
  • Leveling of document displays
  • Keys and lock-out service
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Cleaning and trash removal
  • Recycling
  • Plumbing and electrical
  • Special events set-up
  • Office and decorative painting
  • Pest Control

Need Assistance?

Contact the Capitol Service Center at 202.228.8800 or submit an Online Service Request (must be connected to Capitol Hill network to access link).

6 a.m. – 11 p.m.*
(*Will remain open if Congress is in session.)

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Project Updates

Stay up to date on projects underway at the Capitol.