Sunday, February 07, 2010

This Victorian Mansion was built by Phineas Banning in 1864

This 3 story, 23 room, Victorian Mansion was built in 1864 by Phineas Banning (1830-1885). Banning was the founder of Wilmington, California, the "father" and early developer of the Los Angeles Harbor, and early leader of transportation/shipping and communications in Southern California. The house originally had as many as 30 rooms and is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian construction in the Greek Revival style. The house is the centerpiece of a 20 acre city park. Three barns and beautiful gardens are also on the grounds. The home is a museum with guided tours offered to the public. Open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 pm. Tours on Saturday and Sunday 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. -- John R. Kielbasa (401 East M Street, Wilmington, CA 90744, 310 548-7777)

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