138 Court Square—Lizzie’s was built in 1922, as you can see from the cast concrete panel in the upper façade. This building exhibits some nice brickwork with its inset rectangles of red brick with cast concrete squares at each corner. The building was constructed to house Burd’s Drug Store, and you can still see the name “Burd’s” written in tile below the plate glass windows. Then Coker–Hampton Drug Store moved to DeWitt from Stuttgart (the original Coker–Hampton remains in Stuttgart) and purchased the old Burd’s Drug Building. You can still see the name “Hampton” written in tile by the front door. At an unknown date, Hampton Drug bought the Domino Parlor, which at that time was next door in 136 Court Square, and the two businesses switched places—Hampton Drug moved to 136 Court Square, and the Domino Parlor moved to 138 Court Square (where many people remember it being located).
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.