204 Court Square—Built about 1925. This was William “Bill” Schallhorn’s Hardware (L. C. Schallhorn’s brother), and now it is owned by Nora Watson as Watson’s Hardware. The Dudley name is in the tile here, too, so he may have operated a store here at some point.
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.