308 Court Square—The current building at 308 Court Square was totally rebuilt in 2000. Before that, there were two buildings in this space—one was a two-story building and the other a one- story building, both probably dating to about 1910. The two-story building was on the east side (left) and housed Joe Stephens Hardware in the early 1900s. Tony Mory’s Bakery was located somewhere along these storefronts.
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.