“Then & Now” columns appeared weekly in the Calgary Herald between 2002 and 2005. The following article appeared August 24, 2004.
J.I. Case Building/Thai Sa On and Kublai restaurants
349-351 10th Ave. S.W.
• The J.I. Case Threshing
Machine Co. of Racine Wis., established its first Calgary branch in 1904 at 1011 1st St. S.W. In 1907, a new brick building trimmed with sandstone pilasters was built on 10th Avenue with its trademark "Old Abe" eagle on the globe on the northwest roof corner. The trademark was established in 1894 and used until 1969. By 1911, the company had a staff of 20, including 11 travelling salesmen who sold "high class engines, threshing machinery, thresherman supplies and automobiles." The eagle from the 10th Avenue building was removed to the Glenbow Museum.
• Thai Sa On and Kublai restaurants.
The J.I. Case Company remained in the same building until 1970. Like many of the warehouses in the district, the building was modified for other uses. In 1974 Abominable Ski, along with other smaller businesses, occupied 351 10th Avenue S.W. It became Collegiate Sports in 1980. In the mid 1990s, the building was refurbished as restaurants, and today houses the Thai Sa On and Kublai restaurants.