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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Recent Examples on the Web Despite preservationists' best efforts, the Rhône Glacier may not be long for this world. Michael Hardy, Wired, "High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt," 26 May 2020 But fear not, preservationists: the developer plans to maintain the facade of the building, according to the application. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "An $80 million project would convert this local landmark into a hotel and apartment units," 2 Mar. 2020 Attorneys and historical preservationists in South Florida immediately began digging into town records, unearthing to convert Mar-a-Lago from a single-family residence to a private club owned by a corporation Trump controls. Washington Post, "Under fire, President Trump drops his Mar-a-Lago dock plan — for now," 12 May 2020 Virginia Savage McAlester, the architectural historian, author and preservationist who was a Dallas institution in her own right, died Thursday at Baylor Hospital. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Virginia Savage McAlester, best-selling author and ‘Queen of Dallas Preservation,’ dies at 76," 10 Apr. 2020 The venue was set to be demolished by the owners in the 1970s when preservationists and the Atlanta community stepped up to save the Fox, which has now been placed on the National Historic Registry as a National Historic Landmark. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "As Atlanta's Fox Theatre Turns 90, The Historic Space Helps Other Venues in Need," 14 Feb. 2020 On top of technical demands, game preservationists face an uphill battle against copyright law. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Race to Save Flash Games from Internet Oblivion," 6 Feb. 2020 Historic preservationist Ray Shepardson, who led the revitalization of Playhouse Square, dies at 70. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Indians ace Bob Feller, Progressive chairman Peter Lewis, author Harvey Pekar among notable Cleveland deaths from 2010-2014," 26 Dec. 2019 At the same time — and this is something that a lot of modernist preservationists are contending with — the lifespan of a lot of modernist buildings just wasn’t what some Beaux-Arts palace of the late 19th century would be. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: A new face for the La Brea Tar Pits on a changing Wilshire Boulevard," 7 June 2019

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Preservationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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