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East Miami Police Department from “Rosewood”

May 19th, 2017 | By | Category: TV Locations

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I was saddened to learn of the cancellation of Rosewood last week.  Yes, I said in recent posts (here and here) that the show had jumped the shark, but I was holding out hope that it would return strong for a third season.  Unfortunately, as Fox announced last Tuesday, that is not to be.  Even worse, because the series was given the ax after the Season 2 finale had already aired, there will not be closure to any of the main storylines, namely the will-they-or-won’t-they relationship of the two leads, Dr. Beaumont “Rosie” Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz).  My fingers are crossed that the procedural will be rescued à la Timeless (which I am SO thrilled about it), but I’m not holding my breath.  In the meantime, I thought I’d blog about one of the main locations used on the now defunct series – the Huntington Beach Civic Center, which stands, ahem, stood in for the East Miami Police Department where Rosie and Villa work, ahem, worked.

The Huntington Beach Civic Center was constructed between 1972 and 1974 to replace the city’s former civic center, which was built in the early 1920s.

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The 187,000-square-foot modernist complex, which sits on a 14.28-acre plot of land, was designed by both Meyer & Allen Associates and the Honnold, Reibsamen & Rex architecture firm.

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 The Meyer & Allen website states that the site was “designed for service to citizens, rather than a monument to government” with “a flexible, open-end plan that can adjust to and grow with the requirements of an expanding local government.”

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The center, constructed mainly out of concrete, is comprised of 5 main areas – a 5-story Administration Building, which houses City Hall, a 1-story Development Building, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre, a Police/Public Safety Building, and Council Chambers.

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It is the Administration Building that is used on Rosewood.

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For those who are not familiar with the series, Rosewood is set in Miami, Florida.  While almost all filming took place in Los Angeles, the pilot was actually shot on location in The Magic City.  In the episode, Miami City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American Drive, masked as East Miami PD.

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Beginning with episode 2, titled “Fireflies and Fidelity,” filming moved to the L.A. area (namely Orange County) and the Huntington Beach Civic Center made its first appearance as East Miami PD.

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Both the west side of the Administration Building (pictured above) and the east side (below) are utilized on the series.

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I was most excited to see the east side, which is where Rosie got his car back in Season 2’s “Mummies & Meltdowns.”

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The spot where the gang waited for him, posed in front of his beloved canary yellow 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible, can be found at the bottom of the steps leading to the Civic Center’s east parking lot.

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In person, the center looks much the same as it does onscreen, minus a few East Miami Police signs.

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While I was posing for my obligatory photo in front of the location, a couple walked by and said, “Yep, you’ve found it!  East Miami PD!”  The friendly duo then told us that Rosewood had also done some filming at the Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Center just up the street, so the Grim Cheaper and I headed right on over there.  I so love receiving unexpected filming tips from locals!  (If you missed my post on the library, you can read it here.)

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Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The Huntington Beach Civic Center, aka East Miami Police Department from Rosewood, is located at 2000 Main Street in Huntington Beach.

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