from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who takes down old buildings and sorts out and saves the materials for future use. In England, called a housebreaker.
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We fared further, having a mind to revisit the old Eastern Hotel, down by the South Ferry, of whose cool and dusky bar-room we had pleasant memories in times gone by; but we found to our distress that this also, like many more of our familiar landmarks, is a prey to the house-wrecker, and is on its way to become an office building.
Lamb glanced at the desk, at the kitchen chair before it, at the telephone, and at the partition walls built of old boards, some covered with ancient paint and some merely weatherbeaten, the salvage of a house-wrecker; and he smiled broadly.
Somehow, and most unreasonably, he had always believed the place would go to the hands of the house-wrecker unchanged.
But he went to work at "Success" with the abandon of a house-wrecker, pulling it to the foundation.
Porte de Namur Quarter, old buildings are constantly falling victims to the house-wrecker, and new, in the shape of handsome mansions and lofty blocks of flats, are arising from their ashes.
TORONTO - As Canadians contemplate the trashed core of their largest city like teenagers after a house-wrecker, the summit question on everyone's lips is the same: Was it worth it?