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At Montpelier local artist Farrar Woltz was contracted to grain the stair's railings, newels, and risers.  To reproduce the Madison-era graining she copied the surviving ca. 1797 finish found on the newel post fragment.  As a result the graining currently found on the stair exactly matches what President Madison would have seen almost every day of his life at Montpelier.


Farrar Woltz graining the reconstructed stair railing.