Bates-Hendricks is a neighborhood on the near south side of Indianapolis with an active association that works to improve the area and bring neighbors together. Ideally situated near Downtown, Fountain Square, and Garfield Park, the neighborhood is close to numerous restaurants, businesses, and recreational facilities. Cyclists can easily commute to Downtown via East Street's bike lanes, a branch of Indianapolis' growing bike lane infrastructure. With nearby access to I-65 and I-70, almost any location in Indianapolis is just minutes away.


The Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association (BHNA) meets on the first Monday of the month (or the second Monday if the first is a holiday) at 6:30pm at Immanual United Church of Christ. Annual association dues are $3 per individual, $5 per household, and $25 for businesses.


In 1821, the first sanctioned land sale took place in Indianapolis and a few outer lots were sold, including one that would eventually become the Bates-Hendricks House estate. The historic Bates-Hendricks House, named after former owners Hervey Bates, a prominent banker, and Thomas A. Hendricks, an Indiana Governor and United States Vice President, is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks and is the namesake of the neighborhood.

The area's early development was stifled by the heavy train traffic running through Union Station, isolating the land to the south from downtown Indianapolis. Starting in the 1890's, however, a large German immigrant population began to build houses on the newly-platted developments in the neighborhood, which were soon followed by churches, grocery stores, and small businesses along East Street, including the first Hook's Drug Store. Housing development continued throughout the 1920's, as evident by a large number of Arts and Crafts homes in the neighborhood.

By 1940, the near south side had been built to capacity, but Indianapolis continued to grow outward, eventually leading to the construction of the interstate highways that presented new borders and challenges to the neighborhood. In the 21st Century, the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood has experienced renewed interest and revitalization as residents and community organizations strive to preserve the historic quality and character of the area and its homes.

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In 2009, the neighborhood won INRC's Collaborative Spirit Award for the New Jersey Street Project and the Inspiring Places Award for its Abandoned Housing Project. The neighborhood also received the national Keep America Beautiful Award, the East Street Alternatives award, and the New Street IMAGINE Grant. In 2010, the neighborhood placed third in its category nationally for the Neighborhoods USA Best Neighborhood in the Nation Award. Bates-Hendricks has twice been awarded Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's IPL Project GreenSpace grant for Baumann (2013) and Ringgold Parks (2016). Additionally, Bates-Hendricks residents Jay Allen and Lydia Brasher won SEND's Helen Fehr Award for Community Service in 2009 and 2016 respectively.