The ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Guide to Greater Palm Springs – Travel Weekly
If you love Hollywood drama as much as we do, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is sure to have fallen on your radar by now.
From the on-set romance to the messy video messages and actor reports spitting on each other, we can’t get enough of this movie and haven’t even seen it yet.
Behind-the-scenes drama aside, Don’t Worry Darling is a utopian psychological thriller with an all-star cast that includes Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, and Wilde herself.
However, the utopia Wilde chose for the film, Greater Palm Springs is a star in itself, with its unique desert oasis, plethora of mid-century modern architecture and surreal bursts of color against a landscape of mountains and Palm trees.
If you have clients eager to visit such an iconic location, check out this guide to Palm Springs inspired by filming locations from Don’t Worry Darling.
The Kaufmann Desert House
Playing the home of Victory Project frontman Frank (Chris Pine), it’s one of the film’s star locations. Although you can only admire this spectacular private residence from the end of its driveway, its design aesthetic is undeniable.
In 1946, architect Richard Neutra created this stunning mix of steel, glass and Utah stone as a desert getaway for Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., a Pittsburgh department store magnate and connoisseur of architecture.
The house remains one of Neutra’s most famous residential works (of over 300 homes he designed) and a must-see stop on every Palm Springs architecture tour.
Canyon View Estates
While Frank lives in the Kaufmann house, Jack (Harry Styles) and Alice (Florence Pugh) are around Azul Circus in the Canyon View Estates, a condominium community in the south of the city.
Built in the 1960s by architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel, these clusters of villas sit around a common pool, spa, and green space. The epitome of upscale suburban living, they have floor-to-ceiling windows, stone facades, and the geometric-patterned concrete blocks that are a Palm Springs hallmark.
Palm Springs City Hall
The plaque on the exterior of this concrete stunner reads like a mid-century modern design dream team: Swiss-born master Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Robson Chambers and John Porter Clark all contributed to create the characteristic style of the building.
One of the most influential elements was the creation of a screen wall at the front of the building, made up of metal tubes cut at angles and stacked in rows, the wall acts as a visually striking shield against the intense morning sun of the desert region.
Another eye-catching feature is the portico overhang with its large central opening that lets a handful of palm trees through.
Palm Springs Visitor Center
Located in a historic building designed by Albert Frey, the Visitor Center is representative of the richness of Palm Springs’ mid-century modern architecture and offers information and assistance on where to stay, play, dine and go shopping. shopping.
Originally a gas station built in 1965 for Esso, the building’s extraordinary wing-shaped roof caught the eye of visitors as they entered the city from the north, with Mount San Jacinto towering looms behind.
Its change in use did not come until the 1990s, when it was turned into an art gallery and then taken over by the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
The Volcano House
Coming at the climax of the film’s trailer and the building that serves as the mysterious headquarters of the Victory Project, the Volcano House truly belongs in the world of Don’t Worry Darling.
In the trailer, we see just beyond the eerie dunes that make up the Mojave Desert Devils Playground, a stark white dome rises above the ground. Alice and an army of red-clad project workers climb the mountain, as well as the circular road that leads to the 2,200-square-foot house designed in 1968 by architect Harold James Bissner Jr.
For this location, the crew ventured a few hours north of Greater Palm Springs to the Mojave Desert community of Newberry Springs.
There, atop a 150-foot cinder cone, sits the iconic Volcano House, a saucer-shaped structure that appears to have materialized from another planet or dimension.
La Quinta Resort & Club
Not only did Olivia Wilde shoot scenes for Don’t Worry Darling at the La Quinta Resort & Club, but the cast and crew also stayed there.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains, the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club is the oldest resort in the desert region of Palm Springs and one of only two resorts in the country for which a town has been named.
Sprawling over 45 vibrant acres, its verdant grounds are accented by colorful flowerbeds; orange, lemon, mandarin, tangelos and grapefruit trees; cypresses and cacti; sparkling pools and scenic courtyards, all framed by towering palms.
The historic property offers a variety of distinctive accommodations, including 617 rooms, 161 villas, 41 heated pools, and 53 hot spas.
La Quinta Resort also offers championship-caliber golf and tennis facilities, award-winning restaurants, extensive spa and fitness facilities, a variety of boutiques and shops, and some of the best indoor and outdoor meeting spaces in the city. region.
Featured image: Canyon View Estates (provided by: Visit Greater Palm Springs)