214 Court Square—Built about 1940 and replaced a two-story building that housed a furniture store on this site for many years. Hef Wells’s Liquor Store was located in this building, but had an alley entrance. Mr. Patrick’s Shooting Gallery was temporarily located in the north-south part of the alley.
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.