From Banning High School to Banning's Landing Community Center, the imprint of Phineas Banning on the community of Wilmington is still visible today. Known as the "Father of Los Angeles Harbor," his vision and love for the the Harbor Area is recognized in the many Banning landmarks and sites throughout Wilmington.
In 1996, the Port of Los Angeles built the distinctively designed, 10,000-square-foot Banning's Landing Community Center as a "window on the water." The building's unique structure is shaped like a ship. The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department operates the center, in cooperation with the Friends of Banning's Landing. The Center will be used to stimulate and support cultural activities. In conjunction with its folk arts program, Cultural Affairs will promote the facility as a regional resource for the expression and education of cultural traditions and community pride through sponsorship of the arts.
Banning's Landing is located at the foot of Avalon Boulevard at 100 E. Water Street in Wilmington. For more information, call the Friends of Banning's Landing at (310) 847-7704.