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Bates-Hendricks, located approximately one mile south and east of Indianapolis, Indiana, is what realtors love to call “an up-and-coming neighborhood.” This lively area has much to offer those who want to be near the city yet still have a sense of community.

Residents enjoy an active neighborhood association as well as proximity to downtown, Fountain Square and Garfield Park; restaurants, businesses and recreation are close by. Cyclists can easily commute to the downtown area on East Street’s bike lanes; motorists have convenient access to I-65 and I-70.

The Bates-Hendricks neighborhood is considered to be part of the greater Fountain Square area, a commercial district on Virginia Avenue. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Interstate 70, on the northeast by Interstate 65, on the east by Shelby Street, on the south by Beecher Street and on the west by Madison Avenue.

The neighborhood takes its name from the historic Bates-Hendricks House located at 1526 South New Jersey Street and named after former owners Hervey Bates, a prominent banker, and Thomas Hendricks, an Indiana Governor and US Vice President. The house is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, and bears a marker reading, ”Combines two nineteenth-century architectural styles. Built 1850s-1860 in Italianate Style … Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1976.”

The Sanders-Childers House on East Palmer Street is the oldest extant house in Indianapolis, built in 1830; but most housing development took place from the 1890s to the 1920s, as evidenced by the neighborhood’s large number of Arts and Crafts homes.

Today those homes are experiencing revitalization as residents and community organizations work to preserve the history and character of the area. From 2008 to 2010, neighborhood streets saw major redevelopment which earned the neighborhood third place in its category for the Neighborhoods USA “Best Neighborhood in the Nation” award.

Other neighborhood awards include INRC’s “Collaborative Spirit Award,” the “Inspiring Places Award” for its Abandoned Housing Project, the national “Keep America Beautiful Award,” the “East Street Alternatives” award and the New Street IMAGINE Grant.

Schools here include the James A. Garfield School 31 elementary school, and two charter schools: the Fountain Square Academy serving fifth to 12th grade, and the Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence for elementary grades.


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