100 Court Square—This building housed Loeb’s Department Store soon after it was built. Loeb’s was owned and operated by a Jewish family, and they sold very exclusive merchandise like Stetson Hats, Arrow Shirts, and Marx Suits (made by Hart Schaffner & Marx). In 1916 you could buy a good suit at Loeb’s for $25. Then it housed a hardware store and by the early 1950s, Kroger was located here.
Rather than being formed by intersecting streets, DeWitt’s court square was designed as a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered corner entrances. The town was platted in such a way that people wouldn’t just pass through the downtown and keep going—the courthouse and square would be your final des- tination. This is an extremely rare layout for a court square—I’ve never seen another town like it.