CICF News / 2013 / February / News Post
February 18, 2013
The Indianapolis Foundation Unveils New Martindale Brightwood Community Center


37 Place Exterior
37 Place, the Heartbeat of Martindale Brightwood, reuses the old IPS Hazel Hart Hendricks School 37 building, closed in 2008.
Pat Ladd speaking
Patricia (Pat) Ladd, a neighborhood leader and retired teacher, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Ribbon Cutting
Leaders representing the neighborhood, community organizations, the Indianapolis Foundation and government join together to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
37 Place Gymnasium
Much of the character of the original school building has been preserved through the $4 million-dollar acquisition and renovation.

The Indianapolis Foundation unveiled the first phase of a new community center, 37 Place, the Heartbeat of Martindale Brightwood, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, February 18, 2013. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, United States Congressman André Carson, Judge Marilyn Moores, Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division, Ms. Sally Otte, Board Chair, The Indianapolis Foundation and Ms. Patricia (Pat) Ladd, a neighborhood leader and retired teacher, led the ceremony.

Built in 1927, the Hazel Hart Hendricks School 37 was closed by Indianapolis Public Schools in 2008. A partnership between Martindale Brightwood residents and an associated steering committee, CICF and the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division secured the vacant building for renovations. In 2010, CICF acquired a lease for the building, and following a neighborhood-led preparation of the building, renovations began in 2011.

The first phase consists of extensive renovations to approximately 27,000 square-feet of the school’s original building; renovations have been made possible by nearly $4 million in funding from The Indianapolis Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana, Paul Estridge, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, and other donors. The school also includes an addition, built in 1957; renovations to the addition are estimated to be completed in 2013, and will be announced.

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“School 37 holds an incredibly important place and value within Martindale Brightwood,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, The Indianapolis Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). “The process of working with committed neighbors and leaders, organizations and donors to transform it from a building with unrealized potential into a vibrant community center and gathering place is truly an ideal representation of our role in the community, and one of the reasons we decided to make this the largest commitment of its kind in the Foundation’s history.”

“The 37 Place project combines the best of the old and the new to create an incredible centerpiece in Martindale Brightwood,” Mayor Greg Ballard said. “This is yet another example of diverse partners coming together to make a neighborhood better, and thus our city better.”

“Over the years, Martindale Brightwood has faced its fair share of struggles, but this resilient community has never stopped fighting its way back,” said Congressman Carson. “37 Place is yet another chapter in this remarkable comeback story, providing a community center and gathering place worthy of this historic neighborhood and the incredible people who call it home.”

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $600 million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visit, or contact Mike Knight at