pres·​er·​va·​tion·​ist | \ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of preservationist 

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

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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 Buy Photo Meet: Alex Aberle and Violette Levy, young preservationists who’ve made Upsala mansion – formerly a historic house museum – their home. Stephanie Farr,, "Couple's historic Philly home came with an unusual caveat: Annual battle reenactments | We the People," 23 May 2018 Wochit Plans for redevelopment around Mesa's Temple Historic District, including the demolition of as many as eight homes owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have some historic preservationists concerned. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Mesa Mormon temple's redevelopment plans raise historic-preservation concerns," 2 May 2018 Little known but by decorative-arts enthusiasts and preservationists, the 1907 home and its eclectic irreverence feel timelier than ever. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 In other words, what long has seemed impossible to dogged, devoted preservationists, nostalgists and the tireless volunteer group known as the Friends of the Uptown is finally happening on Chicago’s North Side. Chris Jones,, "Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side," 28 June 2018 Beasley was an early preservationist who rescued an important historic building, the Episcopal Church House at 12th and Walnut. Inga Saffron,, "How a Philadelphia lawyer turned a historic bank into a shrine to democracy (and his legal career)," 3 June 2018 In the weeks leading up to the church’s demolition, preservationists and residents had pleaded with city officials to step in to save the church. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Developer Ori Feibush begins demolition of Christian Street Baptist," 9 July 2018 And what Richards did to it might give a preservationist a heart attack. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Exclusive: Missing dune buggy from Steve McQueen's 'The Thomas Crown Affair' reappears as it undergoes restoration," 22 June 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of preservationist

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

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