121 E. Cross Street—Behind 400 Court Square to the east, built circa 1935. In 1943, it housed Leonard Parker’s Restaurant in the front, and implements and machinery in the rear portions. Later it was an outlet for DeWitt Shoe Factory, and there was a barber shop around the corner.
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.