AboutBates-Hendricks is an up-and-coming neighborhood on the near south side of Indianapolis. With an active neighborhood association, project grants from the Lilly Foundation, and recognition from the City of Indianapolis, Bates-Hendricks is poised for rejuvenation. 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.
AssociationThe 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.
HistoryIn 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.
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.