Home Events & Festivals The Bates-Hendricks House Tours Twitter Facebook Print About The Bates-Hendricks House ToursThe Bates-Hendricks House - The historic home, in downtown Indianapolis, is now open for tours by appointment. The home was built by Hervey Bates who came to the village of Indianapolis in 1822 and the structure is the oldest home open for tours in the city. The grand Italianate Villa with its 60 foot tower is an example how the rich lived before the Civil War. The Home has six Victorian fireplaces, 12 foot ceilings, tall windows with the original shutters being over 9 feet tall. The large rooms with their antique furniture take you back to the "Gone with the Wind" era. The music room is equipped with a beautiful restored Steinway Square Grand piano which is played at special events. It is over 130 years old. The early owners of the home included a sheriff, banker, Indiana senator, governor, Vice President of the United States, a Civil War general and more. The home tour takes about one and a half hours and includes information about the transition of Indiana from an Indian wilderness to an industrialized state. For tours contact: Jay Allen at (317) 684-1888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Price is based on group size.