Emilia Fazzalari Grousbeck and Wyc Grousbeck’s Boston Townhome
January 18, 2021
The lead owner of the Boston Celtics and his family live large on Beacon Hill.
Text by Erika Ayn Finch Photography by Gianni Franchellucci
As every good New Englander knows, stripes are always the answer. So, after interior designer Lucinda Loya lost sleep trying to come up with a bold statement for her clients’ Boston dining room, it hit her: stripes.
Now when you exit the elevator into the fourth-floor apartment in Maison Vernon, a seven-unit building on Beacon Hill, the first thing to catch your eye is the Sherwin-Williams Copper Mountain stripe down the center of Emilia Fazzalari Grousbeck and Wyc Grousbeck’s dining room ceiling, wall, and window frame. It wasn’t an easy sell for the Houston, Texas-based interior designer—even if she considers Fazzalari Grousbeck one of her best friends.
Everything in the space launched from that stripe,” says Loya, “but the day before we were set to begin painting, Emilia called and said she changed her mind and didn’t think we should do it. I had to reconvince her.”
Now, the dining room is Fazzalari Grousbeck’s favorite space in the apartment. In fact, the co-founder and CEO of Cincoro Tequila and her husband, lead owner of the Boston Celtics, dine in the room every day. The apartment, which they purchased in 2017, serves as home court when the couple and their blended family of six are in Boston. Maison Vernon was originally constructed in 1917 by the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor as a printing facility, and no expense was spared, says John I. Meyer Jr., principal at Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, the project’s architect. Most notably, the building is fifty feet wide in a city where sixteen to twenty-two feet is the norm.
That, says Marcel Safar, a founding partner at Chevron Partners, is what prompted his firm to purchase and develop Maison Vernon in 2014. “No one wanted this building because it doesn’t have parking, but to us, its grandeur was so unique because its width is so rare for Boston,” says Safar. “Our clients use their spaces for everything from family gatherings to important functions, and those spaces become expressions of the client.” As for the lack of parking, twenty-four-hour valet service mitigated the issue.
Indeed, the Grousbecks like to host parties—with large guest lists. Loya designed the apartment with custom furnishings and an open layout conducive to the tall basketball players and coaches who come for dinner. Comfort was of utmost importance to the couple.
“This home is so special to us,” says Fazzalari Grousbeck. “Above all, it’s livable. Every time I walk into the apartment, I smile.”