Veteran’s Memorial Building—One of DeWitt’s big hotels, the Commercial Hotel, was located on this site from at least 1913 to about 1940. It burned, and the lot sat vacant for a few years. Then the American Legion built the Veteran’s Memorial Building (next page) here in the late 1940s. It served as a community center for many years. The buff brick building features some cast concrete detailing and glass block windows, giving it a restrained Art Moderne-style influence.
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.