Goodbye, Mullen Manor. Hello, Faneuil Hall

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The 420 employees of Mullen's corporate headquarters will soon be giving up the mansion and the cookbooks and their quirky outsider status. That's because executives from the Interpublic agency announced plans to move its headquarters from their 50-acre mansion in sleepy, suburban Wenham to a brand spankin' new building in downtown Boston come June 2009.

It's sure to be a jolt to the system for the long-term employees of agency, which was founded by Jim Mullen in 1970 in Marblehead, Massachusetts before moving to its current locale in 1987. With a population of just over 5,000, Wenham is the quintessential New England small town, known most for its estates, farms and "tranquil rural scenery" (as its official website boasts). It, along with the palatial estate that housed the agency, played no small role in developing Mullen's outsider corporate culture.

The new office -- located at 40 Broad Street -- will be just a brisk walk away from the city's many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, something that could help Mullen recruit the marketing and media mavens of the future.
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