Bertram, Cox & Miller Law office opens

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By The Staff

The combination of a couple of law offices in Campbellsville has also led to the transformation of a familiar, historic building.

The law offices of Bertram, Cox & Miller, 321 E. Main St., were given a community introduction when the Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting and the law firm hosted an open house Dec. 7.

The law offices of John Bertram, Craig Cox and John and Shelly Miller are now located in the old post office, a building that was constructed in the 1930s by James C. Miller Sr., a local architect and contractor. Miller built several governmental buildings in Campbellsville and at Fort Knox, according to his grandson, James C. Miller III.

The old post office remained in operation until 1999 when a new facility was constructed on East Broadway. The old post office was subsequently purchased by a local physician and then sold to the law firm.

It took a year to remodel what some call a "fortress," according to John Bertram, one of the partners.

Several of the original blueprints were found and have been framed and hanged as a historical reminder of its early beginnings.

The building has concrete walls and a 14-foot-tall ceiling. The original hardwood flooring was maintained in the "circulation" area as well as the tile in the foyer and hallways.

The building has about 8,000 square feet of workspace on the main floor and another 4,000 in the basement. There is about 3,000 square feet of unfinished space also in the basement.

"It was originally coal and hot-water heated," said Bertram. "We enjoyed speaking with some folks who labored here in those days - putting coal in the burners, etc."

Unfortunately, during renovation, some of the old features had to be removed. A hidden catwalk around a large portion of the interior of the building, where the postmaster and postal inspectors could secretly watch employees through small peepholes as they sorted mail, had to be removed.

Eight attorneys work out of the office. In addition to Bertram, Cox and the Millers, Joey Bott, Alecia Absher, James C. Miller (of counsel) and Barry Bertram have offices in the building.

Additionally, there are 12 administrative staff and four with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office who have space in the basement.