Giles J. Gibbs Building
Gibbs, Giles J., Building--Sugar Bowl
|Location||12 N. Clinton Ave., St. Johns, Michigan|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP Reference #||00000223|
|Added to NRHP||March 15, 2000|
The Giles J. Gibbs Building, also known as the Sugar Bowl, is a commercial building located at 12 North Clinton Avenue in St. Johns, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
Giles J. Gibbs was born in Jefferson County, New York in 1827, the son of David and Hannah Gibbs. His parents died when Gibbs was eight years old, and he worked as a farm hand while growing up. He eventually attended Spring Arbor College and bought a farm in Jackson County, Michigan. He later worked as a drayer, then as a grocer and a representative of a drug firm. In 1857, he arrived in St. Johns and purchased a lot, then built a grocery store. He sold the business, engaged in real estate speculation, and built a home.
In 1867, Gibbs constructed this building on Clinton Avenue, and started another grocery store. In 1882, he sold the business to Olney P. DeWitt and retired. DeWitt continued in the grocery business until at least 1906. Giles J Gibbs died in 1913.
The Sugar Bowl was opened by Greek immigrant Nick Pappas in 1916. He installed an elaborate soda fountain in the building. The Sugar Bowl was run by the Pappas family until it closed in 1970.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Gibbs, Giles J., Building/Sugar Bowl". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Judge S. B. Daboll (1906), Past and Present of Clinton County Michigan, pp. 314–316
- "Giles J. Gibbs". BillionGraves.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- "St Johns". Michigan History 70: 29.
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