turnofthecenturies

Architectural Maps / Drawn by Hand / Kirsten Sparenborg

Watertown, New York On Etsy since 2007

turnofthecenturies

Architectural Maps / Drawn by Hand / Kirsten Sparenborg

Watertown, New York | 2,660 Sales

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Kirsten Sparenborg Brinton

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Kirsten Sparenborg Brinton

Announcement    Architectural Maps * Drawn by Hand
Watercolor City Blocks Maps * City Lines Map-drawings
Original Paintings and Prints
Wedding Table Cards

To view a wider range of my work, please visit www.turnofthecenturies.squarespace.com

To see more of my process, work and travels, as well as sales and giveaways, find me on Instagram @turnofthecenturies
I'm also on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TurnOTCenturies

thank you!

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 7, 2020

Architectural Maps * Drawn by Hand
Watercolor City Blocks Maps * City Lines Map-drawings
Original Paintings and Prints
Wedding Table Cards

To view a wider range of my work, please visit www.turnofthecenturies.squarespace.com

To see more of my process, work and travels, as well as sales and giveaways, find me on Instagram @turnofthecenturies
I'm also on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TurnOTCenturies

thank you!

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About turnofthecenturies

Sales 2,660
On Etsy since 2007

Architectural Map-Drawings

I started Turn-of-the-Centuries in 2007 while I was very busy working in an architecture and urban design firm in Savannah Georgia. I moved to Savannah because it was an amazing place to draw. Historic buildings - not always the "George Washington slept here" variety, but the real places people live and work, the walls and windows that have seen the passage of time, the odd embellishments owners have added to express themselves - these have a special allure for me. I loved my job, but I craved my own imprint. So, at night and on weekends I made drawings of Savannah's streetscapes.

I also made drawings as a way to capture other places I travelled, like Portland OR and New Orleans. I try to capture the essence of what I felt there. I "feel" a place as I walk it, through its building facades, streets, trees and its urban plan. The concept of Architectural Map-Drawings, a unique combination of architectural facades and maps, or plans, emerged as a quintessential expression of the character of a place.

After I'd lived in Savannah for seven years, I moved to Alexandria Virginia and became a happy tourist of the Washington DC area, making new streetscape drawings. I immersed myself in graduate school to learn more about these buildings I love to draw, as well as the history of architectural drawing and mapping. (I wrote a thesis on maps of Savannah! "you can take the girl out of Savannah, but you can't take Savannah out of the girl" my mother said.) I learned about the amazing drawings of the early Renaissance, as artists, architects and cartographers combined plan, elevation, section, perspective and cartography to visualize their designs and to synthesize perceptions of their cities and places. I studied (and made) bird's eye view drawings in Rome.

Now, I am taking up this long tradition of chorography to describe, document and cherish great places. I hope to foster and support the appreciation we have for special places and the desire for mementos of these places - to frame, to hang, to send a greeting. I'd love to map your special place. Please contact me or peruse the Commission Listings here in my Shop to determine the right size for your map, the boundaries that are significant and enjoy ruminating over what color the place evokes for you. It's YOUR MAP! : )

Follow me on Instagram (@turnofthecenturies) to see what I'm working on and looking at, and where I live and travel.

If you are interested in the beautiful Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints, please visit my other shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TOTCtemples
I've recently relocated my temple pieces from this shop into a shop of their own. You'll find Original Drawings, Prints and Note Cards.

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  • Kirsten

    Owner, Designer

    I love drawing architecture. I love maps. I trained in architecture at Virginia Tech and architectural history at the University of Virginia. I want to capture places I love by drawing them. And I hope to share these places, this love, with you.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 18, 2019
Thank you for visiting my shop.
Please Ask for quantities greater than listed. I print to order.
Please let me know what you think. I aim to please.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
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I'm happy to make you happy with your purchase. Please let me know if something went wrong. I can provide a full or partial refund, or replacement. However, I cannot be responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail unless they are shipped USPS Priority within the US.
Shipping
I am happy to offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders!

Postcard packs ship sealed in clear, cellophane sleeve inside a folded 9x12 envelope.
Large bulk postcard orders ship in cardboard boxes with protective padding inside.

Prints smaller than 13" ship flat, backed by 100% recycled acid-free backing board in a clear, sealed cellophane sleeve. Packaged flat in an industrial board envelope.

Prints larger than 12" ship rolled, in a clear cellophane sleeve, in a heavy-duty mailing tube.

Original Watercolors ship flat to preserve the integrity of the heavier watercolor paper. They are packaged in a clear, sealed cellophane sleeve, protected between two sheets of 100% recycled acid-free backing board and shipped in an industrial board envelope.

I ship weekly, on Wednesdays or Thursdays. However, please check my Shop Announcement on the top of the front page in case of a shipping delay while I am travelling.

WITHIN THE US, I ship Prints United States Postal Service First Class (3-5 days from ship date weather permitting), with Tracking. Please let me know if you need your order sooner and I'll do my best to get it to you quickly, including shipping upgrades if needed. I ship ORIGINALS via USPS Priority Insured (3-5 days from ship date weather permitting).

For Shipping OUTSIDE THE US, I charge a flat rate to cover all areas but will reimburse you the difference if it costs less than $55.00 to ship your order. I cannot guarantee an undamaged or timely arrival. I'm sorry - this is a risk of international shipping. But, I will do my very best to package and ship your order with the best chance for an undamaged and timely arrival! Thank you!