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Metropolitan Toronto Convention Center Site of Seven-Nation Summit With AM-Summit Rdp Bjt

June 18, 1988

TORONTO (AP) _ Here is a description of the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Center, where the leaders of the seven major industrialized democracies will meet, as well as the other principal summit sites.

--- METROPOLITAN TORONTO CONVENTION CENTER:

For the first time in the 14-year history of Economic Summits, one building is housing leaders, delegates and 1,300 members of the news media. Built in 1984, the center has been divided into red, blue and yellow zones - red for summit leaders and their top aides, blue for other officials and yellow for media.

The leaders will meet around an octagonal table, made of sand-colored bird’s eye maple, in a windowless room on the basement floor. Host Prime Minister Brian Mulroney occupies the center place, in keeping with summit protocol, and behind his high-backed leather chair is a wall-sized tapestry of Toronto’s skyline, fashioned out of parachute silk by local artist Joanna Stanizkis.

The summit leaders have their own small offices nearby, and each delegation has a briefing room open to the media.

Across the street from the center is a $1.6 million compound of yellow- striped tents, ″Summit Square,″ where journalists are fed and watered around the clock.

--- NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE:

The square, the site of the official welcoming ceremonies, is used for rallies and concerts, and its fountain becomes an ice skating rink in winter. Named for a former mayor of Toronto, the square includes a Peace Garden where Pope John Paul II lit the eternal flame in 1984.

--- CITY HALL:

Two curved towers of this 1965 building by Finnish architect Viljo Revell frame a mushroom-shaped council chamber, where Mulroney will have a brief talk with each leader.

--- TORONTO HUNT:

This exclusive club in the eastern suburb of Scarborough is the site of a working dinner Sunday night. Set atop bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario, the club was founded in 1843 and was originally for a fox-hunting crowd. Members now prefer golf.

--- FACULTY CLUB:

Foreign ministers dine Sunday night at the University of Toronto’s Faculty Club, housed in a 92-year-old building at Canada’s largest university.

--- THE OLD MILL:

Finance ministers meet for dinner Sunday at The Old Mill, a restaurant in the Humber River valley west of Toronto. The stone walls of an original 1834 mill still stand.

--- HART HOUSE:

This neo-Gothic building is a social and cultural center on the University of Toronto campus and will host three separate dinners Monday night for the leaders, foreign ministers and finance ministers. The Hart House art collection features the work of Canada’s celebrated early 20th Century landscape painters, the Group of Seven.

--- ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO:

Canada’s Governor General Jeanne Sauve will host a final luncheon Tuesday for all delegates and spouses in this modern gallery containing 12,000 works of art from Holbein to Henry Moore.

--- ROY THOMSON HALL:

The final summit communique will be read by Mulroney at this circular concert hall, named for Canada’s leading press baron.

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