414 Court Square—Built in the late 1920s, this building occupies one of the unique corner lots on the DeWitt square. It has a chamfered corner entrance with zipper brick. In the 1950s, the building housed Ted Danner’s Shoes & Clothing. The DeWitt Era-Enterprise printing office was located in the north portion of this building by 1933. After the newspaper office moved in 1981 to its current location, a beauty shop occupied its old space 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.