In a celebration that doubled as a public showing of its new Philadelphia offices, Wieden & Kennedy held a holiday bash in its new Curtis Center digs, a stone’s throw from Independence Hall, on Thursday, Dec. 17. The bash took over the building’s picturesque green marble lobby, but the most intriguing vision of the evening was agency co-founder Dave Kennedy, who exchanged his trademark denim workshirt and jeans for a navy-blue suit.
The atrium-style offices architecturally resemble their Portland, Ore., counterpart, but the tenant mix at 625 Walnut Street would not qualify as a bastion of liberalism akin to the mindset of the Pacific Northwest. One fellow tenant, Pennsylvania senator and Thomas/Hill hearings bad guy Arlen Specter, moved his office to another section of the building just days after the agency’s arrival. Agency staffers seemed split on whether his shift was merely a coincidence, but it’s always possible that the senator stumbled upon that picture of director of account services Dave Luhr holding a chainsaw. It currently hangs on the ‘people wall’ just off W&K’s entrance.
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