This church is widely regarded as the birthplace of American gospel music. It was originally constructed as the Isaiah Temple synagogue in a predominantly German Jewish neighborhood. In 1921, the synagogue was purchased by Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church to serve the area's growing African-American community. The Georgian-Revival design includes a barrel-vaulted auditorium with a horseshoe-shaped balcony and brightly colored stained-glass windows. Ebenezer nurtured the careers of noted gospel singers such as Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington and Sallie Martin.