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From the Diary of Benjamin Button: Mapping Iconic Scenes

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Hollywood South wasn't always so bustling with movies and television shows. Long before film crews were interrupting your lunch break to shoot ya mom and dem on Treme, filming was spotty at best. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button changed all that. Though the F Scott Fitzgerald short story called for Baltimore as its setting, it's nearly impossible to imagine anywhere but New Orleans as the backdrop. The city's major role as a supporting character throughout the film showed the world that we can still shine after the storm — and boy have we ever. After the jump, we take you through eight pivotal Benjamin Button locations in chronological order. No reverse aging here.

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1. Train Station

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2700 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 658-9100

Though the Orleans Criminal District Court sure does see a lot of foot traffic, its real life identity is a far cry from the hustling, bustling train station that is introduced at the start of the movie. Near death, Daisy first introduces Benjamin and the train station with a fragmented memory of its opening.

2. Cemetery

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Carroll Street & Lakeshore Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448

The Northshore's diversity of landscape shone as a whole throughout Benjamin Button. This second location shows what movie magic is capable of — crews diligently recreated a cemetery setting near Carroll St and Lakeshore Dr. Though gravestones were constructed out of disposable materials like styrofoam, residents were reportedly nearly fooled by their accuracy.

3. Button House

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547 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

It took quite a bit of courting for Ruth Bodenheimer to agree to let crews film at the Lanaux Mansion. The bed and breakfast functioned as the home of Benjamin Button's estranged father, Thomas. Designed by Dixie Brewery architect William Fitzner, it was built in 1879, making it all the more accurate for a film that begins in the 1910s.

4. Nolan House

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2707 Coliseum Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The undisputed star property of the movie, the Nolan House took courting a property owner to the next level. Though the Lanaux House was also a bit of a negotiation, director David Fincher was so set on using the Nolan House for filming that he flew all the way to Houston to have tea with owner Mary Nell Porter Nolan, who had evacuated there after the storm. A mainstay in the Nolan family for generations, the home went on the market just a few years ago and sold for nearly $1.5M.

5. Peristyle

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City Park stars in many pivotal scenes of the movie, including a romantic interlude between Daisy and Benjamin. Both the peristyle and gazebo seen onscreen are popular wedding spots, making the silhouetted love scene all the sweeter.

6. English Channel

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62883 Louisiana 1089
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 624-4443

Fontainebleau State Park functions as the backdrop of a pivotal Benjamin Button scene in which English love interest Elizabeth Abbott attempts to swim the English Channel. Abbott's failure marks her character, though the scene proves once again just how varied and diverse the Northshore is.

7. Diner

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900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 598-1010
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Everyone's favorite quirky Bourbon diner, Clover Grill quelled its sassy side for filming and instead presented itself as a mom and pop restaurant where Benjamin glimpses Elizabeth Abbott's victorious swim across the English Channel at age 68 as he dines with Daisy. The original building at 900 Bourbon St was a Creole Cottage built in 1825 and Clover Grill has been serving up round-the-clock meals since 1939.

8. Button Factory

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901 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Industrial Supply behemoth Dixie Mill proved a fitting setting for Button's Buttons. The factory unifies Thomas with Benjamin as he finally admits that he's Benjamin's father. Button's Buttons has been in the family for numerous decades, much like the real Dixie Mill. Established in 1917, Dixie Mill has been in the Cahn family ever since.

1. Train Station

2700 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Though the Orleans Criminal District Court sure does see a lot of foot traffic, its real life identity is a far cry from the hustling, bustling train station that is introduced at the start of the movie. Near death, Daisy first introduces Benjamin and the train station with a fragmented memory of its opening.

2700 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Cemetery

Carroll Street & Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448

The Northshore's diversity of landscape shone as a whole throughout Benjamin Button. This second location shows what movie magic is capable of — crews diligently recreated a cemetery setting near Carroll St and Lakeshore Dr. Though gravestones were constructed out of disposable materials like styrofoam, residents were reportedly nearly fooled by their accuracy.

Carroll Street & Lakeshore Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448

3. Button House

547 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

It took quite a bit of courting for Ruth Bodenheimer to agree to let crews film at the Lanaux Mansion. The bed and breakfast functioned as the home of Benjamin Button's estranged father, Thomas. Designed by Dixie Brewery architect William Fitzner, it was built in 1879, making it all the more accurate for a film that begins in the 1910s.

547 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Nolan House

2707 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The undisputed star property of the movie, the Nolan House took courting a property owner to the next level. Though the Lanaux House was also a bit of a negotiation, director David Fincher was so set on using the Nolan House for filming that he flew all the way to Houston to have tea with owner Mary Nell Porter Nolan, who had evacuated there after the storm. A mainstay in the Nolan family for generations, the home went on the market just a few years ago and sold for nearly $1.5M.

2707 Coliseum Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Peristyle

New Orleans, LA 70124

City Park stars in many pivotal scenes of the movie, including a romantic interlude between Daisy and Benjamin. Both the peristyle and gazebo seen onscreen are popular wedding spots, making the silhouetted love scene all the sweeter.

6. English Channel

62883 Louisiana 1089, Mandeville, LA 70448

Fontainebleau State Park functions as the backdrop of a pivotal Benjamin Button scene in which English love interest Elizabeth Abbott attempts to swim the English Channel. Abbott's failure marks her character, though the scene proves once again just how varied and diverse the Northshore is.

62883 Louisiana 1089
Mandeville, LA 70448

7. Diner

900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Everyone's favorite quirky Bourbon diner, Clover Grill quelled its sassy side for filming and instead presented itself as a mom and pop restaurant where Benjamin glimpses Elizabeth Abbott's victorious swim across the English Channel at age 68 as he dines with Daisy. The original building at 900 Bourbon St was a Creole Cottage built in 1825 and Clover Grill has been serving up round-the-clock meals since 1939.

900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Button Factory

901 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Industrial Supply behemoth Dixie Mill proved a fitting setting for Button's Buttons. The factory unifies Thomas with Benjamin as he finally admits that he's Benjamin's father. Button's Buttons has been in the family for numerous decades, much like the real Dixie Mill. Established in 1917, Dixie Mill has been in the Cahn family ever since.

901 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130