Inside Room 237 in Butler University’s Holcomb Building you’ll find typical classroom stuff — chairs, tables and smart boards. But this isn’t a “typical” classroom; this classroom has meaning, as it now bears the name of alumnus and avid Butler supporter, John C. Hart Sr.
“John C. Hart was a native Hoosier who gained prominence as a statewide community leader and nationally recognized homebuilder and was a true entrepreneur,” said his son John C. Hart Jr., president of J.C. Hart Company Inc. “The Hart Family wished to honor his many achievements and his love of Butler by naming a classroom in the business school in his honor. We hope this will allow his legend to live on with the Bulldogs.”
Hart became one of the leading home builders in the Indianapolis metropolitan area in the 1950s and ‘60s during the post-war housing boom, constructing over 11,000 homes and apartments in his building career. In 1976, he founded the J.C. Hart Company with his son John C. Hart Jr.
Hart volunteered significant time to the housing industry and served as the president of the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis and Indiana Builders Association in 1966 and 1969, respectively. In 1976, he was elected to be the first Hoosier to assume the presidency of the National Association of Home Builders, and also was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame, being one of only four Hoosiers to receive this national honor.
Long active in Indiana politics, Hart served three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives where he was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the architect of sweeping property tax reform in 1972.
Hart was a servant-leader who understood the power of giving back to the community. Following his lead, family and friends created the John C. Hart Sr. Scholarship Fund 15-years ago in honor of his 75th birthday. Since its creation, the scholarship has helped dozens of students pursuing business education at Butler. From the time of his passing in 2004, the scholarship has grown significantly through memorial gifts.
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