The day's overcast, but this is a pretty sunny spot for a Venice Beach law firm.

The day’s overcast, but this is a pretty sunny spot for a Venice Beach law firm.

Strolling along the Venice Beach boardwalk in California, the last thing I expected to see was a law office. Sure, T-shirt shops, wild murals, henna stands. But a law office?

That led me to think our Change of Venue Friday should be just a few photos. What’s a better fit for the end of the week?

The law firm, by the way, is not one I’m familiar with, so please don’t take this as an advertisement for Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP.

But imagine your own law office situated like this: The Pacific Ocean immediately west of you. And a continent of possible clients behind you. Pretty sweet.

I wrote the other day about Venice Beach’s founder, named Abbott Kinney. So esteemed is that fellow that he managed to be muralized only a block away from the boardwalk.

Venice Beach Abbott Kinney mural

Venice Beach Abbott Kinney mural

Finally, I take you off the boardwalk and high up into the air—into the LAX Theme Building, “the distinctive white building resembl[ing] a flying saucer that has landed on its four legs.”

LAX Theme Building (via Wikimedia Commons)

LAX Theme Building (via Wikimedia Commons)

With a longer-than-preferred layover, I decided to finally stroll over and head up to the building’s Encounter Restaurant and Bar. I’ve seen the mid-century modern iconic building for decades and always wondered about the view.

Here are a few photos of the view inside the funky building and its elevator panel, along with the traffic-control tower to the west.

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Have a great weekend—mid-century modern or not.

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