This article argues that the environs of historic properties in the United States can be efficiently protected through carefully drafted local preservation ordinances defining tailored protective perimeters equivalent to conservation areas around historic properties and taking into account the rights of neighboring property owners. Part II details the historical background of the preservation movement in the United States and France. Part III examines the French legislation protecting historic landmarks' environs, its controversy, and the flexibility achieved through recent legislative reforms. Part IV describes the protection of historic properties' environs in the United States at the federal, state, and local levels, with an emphasis on the Kansas environs legislation. Finally Part V analyzes the lessons of the French and American experiences in the preservation of historic properties' environs.
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