Thursday, April 10, 2008

CSI Miami: The Fictional Crime Lab's Real Location

The FAA Federal Credit Union, AKA Miami Dade CSI HQ

(Horatio Caine not included)

One thing about CSI Miami that I really like is the building that serves as the exterior of the Miami Dade Police Department’s Crime lab. You know, the building that looks curved and slightly askew.

Well, not only is it not in Miami, but it’s very far from it.

The building really stands in Hawthorne, California, and it’s the headquarters for the F.A.A. Federal Credit Union, located at 14600 Aviation Blvd. And also just as surprising, it is not shrouded in CSI Miami Fluorescent Orange Glow, and does not come with its own statue of Horatio Caine (David Caruso) standing there with his hands on his hips, and sunglasses on his face. (Although I am sure David wishes it did.)

This building was designed by Nadel Architects, Inc., is made of limestone and glass, and contains 35,000 square feet. It also has a noticeable 15 degree tilt, which is an homage to flight. This makes sense, seeing that it is an office building catering to people who support the aviation industry. Funny, I always thought that the building was tilted so it would look straight to David Caruso when he gets in his patented sideways stance.

So the next time you watch the show and see Horatio Caine on the steps of CSI Miami headquarters, rest assured he was nowhere near Miami. Which should be great a relief to those living in Florida.

Aerial View

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Anonymous said...

The exterior was also used on The OC as the exterior of The Newport Group that Kirsten's father owned and where she worked! Barry

Unknown said...

Thank you, I've always wondered if Miami spent that much money on a building for cops. Apparently no.