About
Bates-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.
History
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.

Awards
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. Additionally, Bates-Hendricks resident Jay Allen won SEND's Helen Fehr Award for Community Service in 2009. In 2010, the neighborhood placed third in its category nationally for the Neighborhoods USA Best Neighborhood in the Nation Award.