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10 Boston spots fit for a Wes Anderson film

The social media trend has inspired us to seek out symmetrical, colorful, and quirky spots in our city.

Side by side images of Brookline Dutch House (left) and Jamaica Plain Dragon House (right)

The Harvard Lampoon building, Gardner Museum + Buckminster Hotel are patiently awaiting their Wes Anderson film moments.

With the release of “Asteroid City” coming up this Friday, June 23, we’re rounding up local landmarks that we think would fit the Wes Anderson aesthetic. We enlisted some help from Matthew Dickey, the Streetscape Curator + ambassador for Accidentally Wes Anderson.

Curious how to identify an “Accidentally Wes Anderson” view? “Symmetry is always a driving factor, but it’s more about the way the eye is guided through color, shapes, and patterns,” Matthew said. Read up on the TikTok trend to see what we mean.

Now, let’s zoom in on 10 local spots that fit the bill.

South Station

The director has a soft spot for trains (think: The Darjeeling Limited”), so our city’s largest transit hub is a perfect fit. From its history during World War II to the visual contrast between the old station and glass tower, there’s no shortage of concepts for a movie plot.

Jamaica Plain Dragon House

Visit 17 Cranston St. to see this architectural curiosity in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The 12-sided house was built in 1871, but its full background is a bit of a mystery (meaning it’s the perfect enigma for Wes Anderson to explore).

Reading table and bookshelves at Boston Athenaeum

This hidden library paid tribute to Wes Anderson in a Wes Wednesday post.

Photo by BOStoday

Boston Athenaeum

Our city’s newly renovated membership library has five floors of space just waiting to be featured in a bookish film. We could totally see a plot unfolding around the Anthology Society, the group that founded the space in 1807.

Bully Boy Distillers

With a colorful and playful interior design, this Roxbury distillery is serving up the right visuals for a Wes Anderson backdrop. Sip a Negroni or Old Fashioned at the cocktail garden and film your own version of the social media trend.

Brookline Dutch House

Picture a cast of characters sipping cocoa inside a small Dutch castle. That’s exactly the type of movie we’d expect to film at this replica of the Franeker City Hall in the Netherlands. See it for yourself at 20 Netherlands Rd. in Brookline.

Three side by side images of Boston landmarks behind Wes Anderson text

The Harvard Lampoon building, Gardner Museum + Hotel Buckminster are patiently awaiting their Wes Anderson film moments.

Harvard Lampoon Building

This Cambridge mini-castle, home of the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine’s office + currently undergoing a massive renovation, has the perfect quirky vibe for another journalism-focused Wes Anderson plot. Think: “The French Dispatch.”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

This aesthetic Fenway museum and its dreamy courtyard are practically begging to be in a “whodunnit” following the events of real-life theft.

Hotel Buckminster

The Kenmore Square landmark’s wide-spanning history as the site of a Red Sox scandal, jazz and Black cultural space, and a prisoner-of-war holding center makes it ideal for some savvy Wes Anderson storytelling. It’s like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” but Boston.

Interior of restaurant with pink seats and green chairs

The colors of Contessa are Hollywood-ready.

Photo by @____mcmm

Contessa

The Art Deco vibe of this swanky Newbury Street restaurant achieves the saturation and lighting levels for a Wes Anderson film. Just picture a colorful dinner scene among the geometric tiles + pink seats.

Post Office Square

The local subject of Accidentally Wes Anderson’s “Coastal Postal Road Trip” naturally earns a spot on this list. The history of the downtown area, particularly the site of one of Boston’s first post offices at 31 Milk St., seems deserving of a spot on the big screen.