St. Matthias Episcopal Church
James Vester Miller, attributed builder; Arthur J. Wills, architect
Asheville, Buncombe County
Dundee St., Asheville, NC
Some recent sources, such as http://theurbannews.com/our-town/2015/historic-african-american-churches-and-affiliates-asheville-nc/, identify James V. Miller as the builder of the Gothic Revival brick church. However, period newspaper articles via newspapers.com cite “Capt. J. A. Wagner” (John A. Wagner) as the contractor and Arthur J. Wills as the architect. References to Miller’s involvement appear in articles published in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and may be based on accounts obtained from Miller descendants. Possibly Miller was the brickmason or subcontractor while Wagner was the contractor.