Inspiring Offices: Jean Peterson Design

In The City of Frederick, business spaces go beyond basics. Here, unique offices allow businesses to cultivate creativity, express their company's culture, and create a work environment that inspires. From industrial to classic, artsy to funky, historic to high tech, spaces abound to meet a variety of needs.

Inspiring Offices is a feature that highlights some of the creative and unique office spaces in Frederick. Get a behind-the-scenes look at 

Jean Peterson Design's

inspiring office space. 

Established in 1996, JPD is an award-winning firm specializing in the development of compelling communications that deliver results. They are located in the

Everedy Square

in Downtown Frederick. 

Jean Peterson Design

Q&A with Emily Dorr, 

Vice President, Creative Director, Jean Peterson Design 

Why did you choose your current 

office location and how long has JPD been located here? 

For 20 years Jean Peterson Design has been strategically located in downtown Frederick. When we moved to Everedy Square 7 years ago, we had previously been in a location on Church Street very close to Market Street. Being in the heart of downtown allows us to be integrated into the community that we serve. Plus, we simply love downtown and all the amenities it offers our business and our staff. From the amazing restaurants where we can take our clients, to the exciting events that happen nearly daily, it seems there is always something to do and experience in downtown Frederick. Since we host client meetings, having free off street parking is a big perk of being in Everedy Square, and something you don't get at many locations downtown. 

Was it “move in” ready or did you have to design/fit it out?

Originally built in the 18th century to house The Everedy Company, Everedy Square was restored and preserved by Bert Anderson, 40 years ago. Our office has housed several design and marketing firms and we could see why. It's inspired and inspiring and the reason we felt at home the minute we came for the walk-through. While many modern build-outs try to emulate the old warehouse feel, there's nothing like the real thing. Old buildings have their challenges but they have immensely more character. 

What inspirations did you use to decorate/design the space?

The previous Jean Peterson Design office was filled to the gills with our own creative work. With this space we allowed the building to really shine through keeping artwork to a minimum and furnishings modern with clean lines. The artwork we do have is contemporary and done by mostly local artists such as Ed Remsberg. Most people notice the warehouse nature of our space followed immediately by our large Apple monitors. 

What are the most unique aspects about your office space?

Our office features exposed brick walls, rough sawn beams, and high ceilings – everything you'd expect from an old warehouse. Add to that lots of glass, a semi-circular conference room, corrugated metal paneling and unique rooftop views of Frederick. 

What do you or your employees like best about the office space?

Our staff loves the location not only because we are downtown but because of the warmth of the Everedy Square and Shab Row community of businesses—everyone looks out for one another here. For the out of town commuters employed at Jean Peterson Design, access to the major highways and Rt. 15 is a big plus. The open floor plan is another feature the staff likes. It allows for collaboration throughout the day, which in the creative field is highly necessary, and we have enough breakout space for private meetings or phone calls when necessary.