Former Carlisle funeral home becomes event and meeting facility

The Frederick House has opened to serve meetings and events in downtown Carlisle. (Photo: Submitted)

The former downtown home of Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory in Carlisle has been renovated and reopened as an event venue.

Hoffman Companies LLC, a subsidiary of the funeral home, this month opened Frederick House as an event and meeting facility, hoping to meet demands for space to serve receptions, conferences and parties in the Carlisle area.

“We feel there’s a demand in the area for an affordable, mid-sized event space in downtown Carlisle,” said Craig Hoffman, business manager. “There are smaller meeting rooms and large banquet facilities available around town, but Frederick House can accommodate groups of 10 to 10 in unique configurations to meet their needs.”

Frederick House, which is about 2,000 square feet, is looking to host a couple of events each week. The venue at 219 N. Hanover St. has three separate rooms that can seat groups up to 20, 50 or 100 people and host multiple events at the same time.

Hoffman said the venue could benefit from its proximity to Dickinson College, Dickinson School of Law, the U.S. Army War College and the Army Heritage and Education Center. It also is near former industrial sites that are being redeveloped on the north side of Carlisle, including the Masland/IAC site, which covers 48 acres near the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

Catering for Frederick House is provided by Spoons Cafe in Carlisle, which specializes in paninis, sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Hoffman Companies leases the space from Carlisle-based Sterling Property Management.