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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The deal also was significant for Chicago preservationists, as Bloomingdale’s lease helped spare the unique structure from demolition. Ryan Ori,, "Landmark Medinah Temple to be redeveloped — again — by 'mayor of River North'," 14 June 2019 An international group of preservationists, led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), rallied to help the government avert the potential loss of heritage. Jennifer Hattam, Discover Magazine, "How Engineers Move Massive Structures Without Breaking Them," 11 Mar. 2019 That’s one reason archaeologists and preservationists have begun to take a closer look at the grounds, which have been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2017, George Dvorsky at Gizmodo reports. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Are Finding Woodstock Really Did Take On Life of Its Own," 27 June 2019 The list — including designers, architects, preservationists, sales people, and even a development executive — is fueling questions over whether the Line hotel has fulfilled the necessary requirements for the 20-year subsidy. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "A $46 million tax break at risk over the meaning of ‘construction worker’," 24 June 2019 Speeches were made by PACSJ Board President Andre Luthard, who was the driving force behind the sign’s restoration, historian/preservationist Heather David, Deputy City Manager Kim Walesh and San Jose City Councilwoman Dev Davis. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s iconic Dancing Pig sign restored to neon glory," 22 June 2019 Likewise, Grinnell—if prone to romantic lapses of his own—eschewed the cloying fervor of preservationist John Muir, whose zeal sometimes undercut his own crusades. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Grinnell’ Review: The Western Establishment," 14 June 2019 The fact that city officials would back the razing of a building so closely associated with its founder has many preservationists baffled. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 The city decided to renovate and the preservationists seemed to have won the day. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Portland Building on track to be delisted from National Register of Historic Places," 17 June 2019

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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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