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the OCB a.k.a. Gold Coast Shipping building

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airtommy    807
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The Vice squad is headquartered at the Organized Crime Bureau a.k.a. OCB.  While the interior scenes were never filmed there, Vice fans have fallen in love with the building we see so often in the exterior establishing shots.  The sign on the front of the building reads "Gold Coast Shipping".  Presumably this name is part of the Vice squad's undercover work, thought this was never explicitly stated. The working title of Miami Vice during its initial development was "Gold Coast".

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In real life this building was located at 615 SW 2nd Avenue across the river from downtown Miami.  It was a historically designated piece of Art Deco architecture (specifically, Art Moderne).  It was built in 1942 by the Miami Shipbuilding Corporation (later called Miami Shipyards Corp) as they were ramping up production for World War II.  The large bas relief panel above the corner entrance shows a man holding up a ship while kneeling in water and surrounded by a ship's helm, propeller, and gear.   Sadly the building was demolished in 2007 and replaced with a high-rise condominium.

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Miami Historic Preservation:  http://www.historicpreservationmiami.com/miamiship.html

The most extensive article on the building's history that I've found (sourced in part from MiamiJimF's book):  http://miami-history.com/miami-vice-shipyard/

In Stone's War they forgot to put up the "Gold Coast Shipping" sign.  Instead, we see "Miami Shipyards Corp", the name of the company which occupied the building in real life:

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In the pilot movie "Brother's Keeper" the OCB interior scenes were filmed at a building located at 3033 NW North River Drive.  Starting in "Heart of Darkness, the interior scenes were filmed on a set constructed at Ivan Tors Studios (now Greenwich Studios) in North Miami.  

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miamijimf    956
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Interesting.  I didn't realize that the Gold Coast sign over the front door was a Vice prop, probably built before the title of the series was changed to Miami Vice.  This photo looks like it was taken while the company was still in business.  There is always something new to learn about Vice and Miami.

 

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Vicefan7777    397
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5 hours ago, miamijimf said:

There is always something new to learn about Vice and Miami.

Thanks to all the Vice family  for all the interesting tidbits about this great show.  I really do learn something new every time I log on. 

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Matt5    1,919
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6 hours ago, miamijimf said:

Interesting.  I didn't realize that the Gold Coast sign over the front door was a Vice prop, probably built before the title of the series was changed to Miami Vice.  This photo looks like it was taken while the company was still in business.  There is always something new to learn about Vice and Miami.

 

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Fantastic photo - what a great building it was :hippie:

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Early in Heart of Darkness, we see the OCB interior studio set for the first time.  It begins in the hallway.  Three doorways have signs sticking out.  One very clearly reads "Barges & Tugs Landing Craft".  Can somebody with Bluray make out what the other two signs read?

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These signs make no sense at all.  Why would the building's cover as a fake shipping company be extended to this highly sensitive area where only select personnel are allowed?  Maybe the explanation is that "Gold Coast Shipping" was a real company (within the Miami Vice fictional universe) that went bankrupt or had their building seized by the police, and the police decided to leave the sign on the front of the building and in the hallway to use as their cover.

When Sonny walks through this same hallway in Season 5's Redemption in Blood, those signs are gone.

sign first pointed out in this thread:  http://miamiviceonline.com/index.php?/topic/7497-an-inscription-on-the-wall-in-heart-of-darkness/

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Mark Zubenko    33
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4 hours ago, airtommy said:

Can somebody with Bluray make out what the other two signs read?

I believe the sign says LCL Cargo Containerization.

4 hours ago, airtommy said:

"Gold Coast Shipping" was a real company (within the Miami Vice fictional universe) that went bankrupt or had their building seized by the police

Sounds plausible to me)

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I was flipping channels and watched a few minutes of By Hooker By Crook on Cozi network, and I noticed this:

 

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So by Season 3 they have changed the sign on Room 203 from "Barges & Tugs Landing Craft"  to "Accounting".  Then another thing occurred to me.  Both of these signs are stupid:  This "Room 203" door in reality leads directly into the kitchen section of the OCB's main room! 

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C Glide    569
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Cool. Kinda like star Trek. If you follow me on facebook you know I just took a tour of the original Star Trek studio sets. You imagine these huge sets for the Enterprise but in reality there is just one curved hallway for about 30-40 yards  with a couple short halls and rooms off of it. They would film them walking down the hall, stop change the signs by the doors and then film again repeatedly changing signs. Spocks room and Captain Kirks were the same room with two separate doors about 8-10 feet apart. Real cool. Been thinking about (since I have completed the first run through the series for my sites) going through all the eps and capturing all the different interior ocb shots and putting them together to get a full layout of the place.

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