After arriving in Geneva on Saturday night, the President and First Lady headed straight for the Maison de Saussure along Lake Geneva in suburban Creux-de-Genthood as everyone in Geneva knew they would. The mansion, constructed in the 18th Century for a minister and book collector and now the residence of the Aga Khan, will serve as their home during their stay for the summit.
No one in Geneva had any doubts. President Eisenhower stayed at Saussure during the Big Four summit, when British, French, Soviet and U.S. leaders met in Geneva in 1955. The owner of a nearby local restaurant told friends that Swiss and American secret servicemen and knowledgeable television journalists had reserved every place in his restaurant from Nov. 12 to Nov. 22. Geneva newspapers kept publishing photos of the mansion.
Many religious groups, including Jews, also took part Sunday in a special service for peace in the cathedral in which Protestant leader John Calvin preached almost 500 years ago. The St. Pierre Cathedral, constructed as a Roman Catholic cathedral but now the seat of the Swiss Reformed Church, dominates the medieval quarter of Geneva.