Ned Kelly’s Irish Pub, housed in a circa-1900 shell, will move into 21st-century mode with the addition of a rooftop deck after receiving a Certificate of Appropriateness approval from Littleton’s Historic Preservation Board on August 20.

Owners Don Nash and Andrew Toole appeared with architect Paul Pushnik at the public hearing, supported by neighbor Bob Mikus of Delizios, who stated that the change would add life to the neighborhood.

The property is at 5666 and 5686 South Sycamore Street in Littleton’s Historic District.

Neighbors had been notified of the hearing, but none except for Mikus appeared to express opinions. The board voted unanimously to approve the request, with alternates Greg LaRock and Dan Miller voting in place of absent members Chuck Reid and Bill Hopping.

Planner Dennis Swain observed that the change would not affect the historic character of the property. Both buildings are considered as “contributing to the Downtown Littleton Historic District,” but neither is designated as a historic landmark.

The Franzen Residence (buildings are called by their original names in “preservation speak”) was built in 1900, with peaked roof and Victorian detailing on the 500-square-foot, two-story building. In 1920, Cornelius Franzen built a grocery store on the same lot, a blocky rectangular building, which was the Oasis Bar for many years.

In 2009, the then-new owners requested approval to change the front window and patio and add an outdoor fireplace and exit to the patio, which was granted. The fireplace will now be built with a small seating area added in front between the buildings. They are considered as one property and already zoned to allow the deck. A sign change request is pending as is a liquor license change. A building permit has not yet been requested, said planner Dennis Swain, who said staff recommended approval.

The residence has previously been rented, but it will be combined with the pub — the two buildings are joined. New bathrooms will be installed up and down. The lower-level space will become a party room and the upstairs will house a small bar and an office.

A set of stairs will be constructed between the buildings to access the rooftop, which architect/board member LaRock termed ”an unfortunate piece.” It can’t be built at the rear because exits cannot be less than 20 feet from the property line, it was explained. Because the maximum number of occupants is limited to 50, one entrance/exit is adequate.

The board also discussed remaining available grant money in the 2012 allotment: $4,120 (originally $25,000). Staff members felt that it would cost too much in staff time to run a second round of grant applications, but the board decided to offer grants for painting and minor repairs to historic district owners.

Source: Sonya Ellingboe,