Has the Building at the southwest Corner of Riverside Drive and 89th Street Always Been Yeshiva?
The distinctive house was built in 1903 for Isaac Rice, lawyer, musicologist and inventor who named in Villa Julia, for his wife. A chess promoter, Rice invented an opening move called the Rice Gambit. Although the Riverside setting seemed peaceful, Julia became a crusader against noise pollution. A Yeshiva since 1954, it still has a chess room and soundproof chambers.