“Boston Legal” – Firm Offices set
Figure 1 – Elevators
Figure 2 – Lobby; “Crane, Poole, and Schmidt” logo is on right wall; stairwell leading to nowhere is at the end.
Figure 3 – Season 1- 2.5: Tara Wilson’s office Season 2.5: Rotated office between Garrett and Sara; Squid’s office Season 3: Claire’s new office
Figure 4 – Conference Room; podium is on upper left corner, shelf with coffee and water is on lower left; small table is in lower bottom. Right glass wall cantilevers on gimbles to allow cameras to get in.
Figure 5 – Kitchen; sink and major appliances on right; seating on left
Figure 6 - Shirley Schmidt and/or Paul Lewiston office. Depending on scene needed, the office is re-dressed. Paul’s desk is situated horizontal in the upper half of the room, while Shirley’s desk is as shown. Green indicates couch placement with end tables. A flat screen TV is in upper right.
Figure 7 – Secretarial Pool/Law Library; where Melissa Hughes sits and Brad and Denise flirt. A computer is at each desk and a bookcase and file cabinets are in lower half of the room.
Figure 8 – Denny Crane’s inner sanctum; desk is in lower half with bookcase and cabinet. Couch is located in upper right.
Figure 9 – Denny’s balcony. ‘nuff said.
Figure 10 – Alan Shore’s austere office. Two couches. No diplomas. One wine fridge is in the lower right corner.
Figure 11 – Brad Chase and/or Denise Bauer office; like Schmidt and Lewiston, room is re-dressed depending on scene needed. Denise’s desk is horizontal at the center of the room, whereas Brad’s office is as shown with one table behind the desk and a couch on the far right.
Figure 12 – Coho’s new office is under construction.
Office Set Walking Tour of the Crane, Poole, and Schmidt Law Firm set
Upon entering the soundstage, a real (not part of the set) craft services line is seen before entering the enclosed set. Up on the walls are various joke signs like “Happy 75th Birthday, Denny! from Shirley Schmidt” and “Sushi compliments of Adam Arkin.”
We enter the hallway towards Coho’s new office under construction (Fig. 12) and turn right into the lobby and elevator areas (Fig. 1, 2). A reception desk is on the left while a waiting area is set up on the right. At the end of the lobby is a stairwell where a certain paralegal flirts with employees while Brad looks on with regret.
We turn left to see the Kitchen (Fig. 5) on the left, where Denise “accidentally” shoved Squid’s Blackberry into the waste basket. Speaking of Squid, her office (Fig. 3) is on the right. Marlene Stanger’s name is still on the door. They haven’t personalized the room for Claire yet. Continuing down the left is the massive conference room (Fig. 4) where all the major deals are made and Alan Shore can repeatedly say the word, “lesbian” to make Brad uncomfortable.
We backtrack to find the secretarial pool/law library on the right (Fig. 7). Depending on the scene needed, the desks can be replaced with bookshelves to hide Brad and Denise’s flirtations. At the moment it is a secretarial pool, intimating that Melissa will be in a scene.
On our left is Shirley Schmidt’s office (Fig. 6), only because it’s decorated with Asian-inspired décor. On the bottom right corner is a cabinet with bourbon glasses and an interesting collection of Chinese zodiac sculpture blocks topped with pewter heads. Each head resembles the Year of the Rat, Year of the Ox, etc. She loves orchids, which are everywhere. A picture of a Labrador is on the left side table near the couch. The diplomas in Shirley’s office are Harvard law degree of “Juris Doctor,” given June 10, 1970; Wellesley School of Letters and Science of “Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science,” given June 9, 1966; and a United States District Court Federal Bar Association “Litigator of the Year Award,” given August 1, 1982. There’s a (joke?) award on the shelf above the zodiac animals called “The Doctors Award” for Transgender Surgery Excellence to a “Doctor Mercer.” When a Paul Lewiston scene is called for, the desk is rotated and put in the upper half of the room in front of the large window. I’m not sure about his décor style.
The great “Dennis” Crane occupies Fig. 8-9, with 8 being his office and 9 being his balcony. On the upper left cabinet next to the scotch glasses and stirrers, lies a clock gift with the inscription “Man of the Year, Dennis Crane” given by the Downtown Boston Business Association. He’s got a medal with a crocodile framed picture of himself on the other side, but my picture is unreadable. Denny received his Harvard Law degree of “Juris Doctor – Cum Laude” on May 21, 1971. He also received his Bachelor of Sciences of Political Science degree from Harvard on June 23, 1967. He was licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts on May 30, 1975. whew. I think I just crossed my eyes looking at all that. But we’re not done.
Now we’re off to the workplace hermitage of Alan Shore (Fig. 10), an “austere” room that apparently James Spader has final input on at all times, prefering it to be minimalist with no diplomas of any kind or wall hangings except for the picture the young girl in “Smile” did, hanging in the bottom right corner over the refrigerated wine cellar (in purple). The glass tabletop is immaculate, with no missing shards. I looked for silicon dust, but no luck.
Here we are at Brad Chase’s office (Fig. 11) as is. Not only do they share bodily fluids, Brad and Denise share this room during filming depending on the scene. Right now, it belongs to Captain Handsome. His diplomas are on the top left wall near his desk. Like it’s been shown in the message boards before, Brad Chase got his Dartmouth Law degree of “Juris Doctor” on June 9, 1997. Now here’s something of interest: he also got his Bachelor of Science degree at Dartmouth – for History! By the way, it was on June 10, 1993.
All the glass office windows rotate open on gimbles to allow cameras in and are made of tempered glass, the same stunt glass that shatters into blunt pebbles for safety issues. Several of the largest panels came from DEK’s former show “Girl’s Club.” It was mentioned that one of the heavier glass walls shattered right next to a big producer, nearly hurting him.
Boston Legal Set Tour General Notes by Crabby
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