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General Banning House Museum

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The Banning House was built in 1864 as the home of Phineas Banning. Phineas is one of the most important historical figures in post-Mexican Los Angeles. Phineas Banning arrived penniless in Los Angeles in 1851. At the time of his death in 1885, he was one of the wealthiest men in Los Angeles, having established stagecoach and rail road lines connecting Los Angeles, then a small community inland, with what became San Pedro and Los Angeles Harbor. It was this harbor and transportation lines that enabled Los Angeles to become a major world transportation hub. He also had a railroad, freight lines connecting the Southwest, and a fleet of boats.

The house has been described as "the finest extant example of Greek revival style in Southern California." There may once have been 30 rooms, now there are 24 rooms. Tours of the house are pen to the public. The Banning House is located at 401 E. "M" Street in Wilmington on a twenty acre site which is also a park.

The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is just around the corner from the Banning House Museum and the two make a great afternoon educational and recreational adventure.
Banning House
South, front, side. 9-18-93.
Banning House
South, front, side. 9-18-93.
Banning House
Northeast corner. 9-18-93.
Banning House
Northeast corner and "Corn Fence". 9-18-93.
Banning House
East side. 9-18-93.
Banning House
North side of patio. 9-18-93.
Banning House
One-room school house. 9-18-93.
Banning House
Southeast corner. 1-13-02.
Banning House
Corn fence. 1-13-02.
Banning House
Special Holiday event in early December. 2-8-02.

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