304 Court Square—A historic building was here before this one, but it was demolished ca. 1940 to build Clyde Merritt’s Grocery (current Merritt Building). Vacant lot to west was Norsworthy’s Grocery and then Schallhorn’s Hardware, beginning in 1938, when they moved to the south side of the square.
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.