DB Capital Management LLC, was proud to purchase the Wire Hardware store in Rockville, Maryland in 2008 to house our offices. This historic landmark offers an inspirational backdrop for the day-to-day operation of our business.

The Wire Hardware store was originally built for William Wallace Welsh as a general store in 1895. When the store was destroyed by fire, Welsh erected the current building. The all-brick store is in the Queen Anne style, with an ornate cornice, stepped façade, and patterned slate roof. The cast iron storefront, shipped from the Geo. Mesker Co. in Evansville, Indiana, adds solidity and style.

After Welsh died in the influenza epidemic at the close of World War I, Frank and Porter Ward operated the business for two decades. Paul F. Wire and his partner Ben J. Lanier leased the store in 1944, soon adding a one-story annex. Mr. Wire bought the business 20 years later, continuing to offer a wide range of goods - agricultural implements, clothing, food, seed, shoes, coal, lumber and hardware materials, appliances, and more.

Although the Wires sold to a new owner (who ultimately succumbed to the economic woes of the 1990s), the old store stood neglected until Peerless of Rockville stepped in. Peerless took title in 1993 and performed emergency repairs for 18 months while looking for a new owner who would accept protective interior and exterior easements. In September of 2008, DB Capital Management LLC moved into the building. The company has worked diligently with the Historic Society of Maryland to renovate the interior of the building to help preserve its historic integrity as well as create a suitable work environment for a contemporary company.

Along with St. Mary's Church and Cemetery and the B&O Station, Wire Hardware store is designated as a Rockville Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In Peerless Rockville's archives, scholars can find a century's worth of business records from the store, which have been cleaned, organized, and safely stored for future generations.