Where was The Mysterious Benedict Society filmed? The School, the House & all the Filming Locations

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Disney's new series is based on the popular novels by Trenton Lee Stewart and illustrated by Carson Ellis. The book series features four gifted children who, instead of having magical superpowers, use their intellect and creativity to face challenges.

Set in an elegant atemporal world that seems out of a Wes Anderson movie, The Mysterious Benedict Society was entirely filmed in Vancouver and its surroundings.

Benedict Society locations

The story starts in the fictional city of Stonetown, located somewhere in the United States. The population is disrupted by The Emergency, a strange unknown scourge, transmitted into people's minds via television and radio signals.

The quartet of orphans Reynie Muldoon (Mystic Inscho), Kate Wetherall (Emmy DeOliveira), George ‘Sticky’ Washington (Seth Carr), and Constance Contraire (Marta Kessler) are sent to an island to investigate an enigmatic institution called L.I.V.E., founded by Dr. Curtain (played by Tony Hale, who also portrays Mr. Benedict).

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the ultimate guide to The Mysterious Benedict Society’s filming locations. We will be updating and expanding this spoiler-free report every week as new locations are revealed.

City of Stonetown
The establishing shots of the beautiful coastal city of Stonetown were all created digitally. After zooming into the city, we are on Water Street in Gastown, Downtown Vancouver.

The production managed to gather a colorful selection of French cars (especially Citro├źn) made in the 1970s. The shoot was completed in three days during November 2020.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Stonetown Orphanage
However, if you turn at the right on Abbott street as the camera does, you won't find the gates of the Stonetown Orphanage, which were CGI'd into the scene.

Boatwright Academy
The test to get a scholarship from the prestigious Boatwright Academy with the eccentric Number Two (Kristen Schaal) was organized in a place called Bishop Building.

The scene contains a lot of CGI, but the exterior was filmed in one of the buildings of the former Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam (the Crease Cafeteria and Laundry Room).
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Die geheime Benedict-Gesellschaft drehorte
The pencil scene with Rhonda (MaameYaa Boafo) at the Monk Building was filmed in a vacant office complex at 5255 Heather Street in South Cambie (Vancouver).

The edifice has been rented out to film productions many times: shows like The Magicians, Arrow, Charmed, iZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, or Legion have recorded scenes here.
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The Mysterious Benedict Society House

Benedict Society House
After the 7B room test, Milligan (Ryan Hurst) takes the kids to Mr. Benedict's house, filmed at Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver.

Bordering Howe Sound in the University Endowment Lands, this Tudor-style heritage manor is a very popular filming location in Vancouver: scenes for Riverdale, The X-Files, Nancy Drew, Home Before Dark, Upload, and Fifty Shades Freed were also filmed in this magnificent house and gardens.
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Harbor Island dock
In the second episode, "Carrying A Bird", boys take a boat to Harbor Island from a dock with dramatic mountain views.

This scene was filmed at the ferry docks in the waters of Howe Sound at Porteau Cove. This spot is located on Highway 99, between Vancouver and Squamish.
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Harbor Island Mysterious Benedict Society
Anvil Island in Howe Sound served as Harbor Island. The remote school off-shore was added via digital effects.
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The Mysterious Benedict Society School

Live Institute
The Shadbolt Centre For The Arts (on the right of the image) doubled as the L.I.V.E. Institute (the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened).

The modern building of the school with porthole windows (on the left) and the tower were CGI'd into the scene.

The Shadbolt Centre is a community space promoting the arts through classes, live performances, and festivals, located near Deer Lake in Burnaby.
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1- Anonymous - July 23, 2021 at 7:53 AM
Thank you, very informative. Loved the locations.

2- Anonymous - July 28, 2021 at 9:27 AM
Do you know who painted the walls inside the school?

3- Anonymous - May 20, 2022, 5:02 PM
Thank you so much for this, the show made me want to visit Vancouver!


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