212 Court Square—This building was probably built around 1915, but it has obviously been modified since that time, with glass block windows and some other things. It was a restaurant for many years; maybe Ms. Rothenhoffer’s or the Nowlins sisters’ Three Sisters Café?). It served as the DeWitt City Hall from sometime after 1945 until 1977 when it was damaged by fire from the New Theater next door. At that point, the City Hall moved over to its current location in the old DeWitt Bank & Trust Building.
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.