pres·​er·​va·​tion·​ist | \ ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce preservationist (audio) \

Definition of preservationist

: one who advocates preservation (as of a biological species or a historical landmark)

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Although there are several hardworking preservationist groups that would argue otherwise, the Route 66 of popular imagination is dead, the road itself a time capsule of a bygone era. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 For historians, preservationists, documentarians, and the like, that can make this genre hard to preserve. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018 But preservationists discovered long ago that carrots are just as valuable as sticks. Blair Kamin,, "A small win for preserving the past: General Assembly backs an expansion of state tax credit," 1 June 2018 Residents want it to be called Mableton Discovery Park, while preservationists want a name that pays homage to the Civil War earthworks located on the site. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb takes step toward building Chattahoochee River Trail," 26 May 2018 Others, including some preservationists, say that giving historic buildings everyday uses is a good way to keep them relevant. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "On Freedom Trail: Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church—and Burritos," 30 Nov. 2018 By the early 20th century, homes with significant architectural history became targets of preservationists. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 And earlier this month, Frank Lloyd Wright’s David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Arizona, was listed for nearly $13 million, with preservationists on high alert about the threat of demolition. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "‘Livable version’ of Philip Johnson’s Glass House hits the market," 13 Sep. 2018 According to Jorge Otero-Pailos, an architect, artist, and experimental preservationist who teaches at Columbia University, the financial struggle comes from the government’s divestment from heritage. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who works to preserve something (such as a building or an area of land)

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