114 Court Square—Built circa 1905, so it is the second oldest building in the district, after Leibrock’s. It was constructed to house Home Bank, which went under in 1928, and then became DeWitt Bank & Trust. The bank remained here until its new building next door was completed in 1954. Later in 1954, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Scougale moved their jewelry store into this building. It was Scougale’s Jewelers until 1962, when Charles “Chuck” Morton purchased the business. It later became DeWitt Florist. Currently, there are plans to restore this building and turn it into a restaurant/bar. This is probably the most elaborate commercial building in the district with tri- angular pediments over the second story windows, medallions in the upper façade, a decorative parapet capped with tile, and brick quoins at the corners.
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.