Detail of Str N52.1 – [Stores on the northside of Hastings Street between Cambie and Abbott Streets] 1923 WJ Moore photo.
Ajello Piano (ca 1910-28) is shown above in its final home (147 W Hastings) in the Astoria Hotel block (which formerly was adjacent to the Ormidale Block
). The Vancouver-based firm should not be confused with Giuliano Ajello & Sons, a piano manufacturing business based in London (UK). The Vancouver business wasn’t a manufacturer; it was a retailer of brands such as Heintzman & Co. pianos. It was the creation of the grandsons of Giuliano: Arthur Giovanni Ajello (1873-1960) and Louis Robert Ajello (1875-1946), who emigrated to Canada in 1910.
The business had various homes over its two decades: 862 Granville (ca1910-13); 957 Granville (ca1914-19); 412 W Hastings (ca1920-22); and 147 W Hastings (ca1923-28).