Exit/In is one step closer to landing on the National Register of Historic Places after gaining unanimous approval from the State Review Board overseeing applications.

According to the submission documents, the venue was considered for its “exceptional local significance in performing arts and entertainment/recreation.”

Approved nominations are forwarded to the National Park Service for final consideration.

Members of the public expressed support for the historic designation along with board members at the review meeting Wednesday morning.

The State Review Board is made up professionals in the fields of American history, architectural history, historic architecture, prehistoric and historic archeology and may include citizen members, according to the review board website.

Though the historic designation does not limit the rights of property owners to use, develop or sell their historic properties, it can allow for the owners of properties to be eligible for federal historic preservation grants.

The application was written by AJ Capital Partners, a real-estate development firm that purchased the building in July 2021.

“Over the past 51 years, Exit/In has become one of Music City’s most important music venues, as it has created a welcoming place for artists that span all genres and therefore honoring a true representation of Nashville’s music history,” said AJ Capital’s vice president of government affairs and community relations Pablo David.

“This honor sets the stage for Exit/In to continue carrying the legacy that it has earned, raising wide awareness of the historical milestones that have happened within those four walls.”

AJ Capital visited the music venue and adjoining bar in early January. According to the firm, the venue was damaged sometime before the first business day of 2023, when representatives toured the building.

Green room mirrors were shattered, broken liquor bottles lay in piles and electrical wires hung from the ceiling, sliced apart.

Representatives of AJ Capital said they remain dedicated to restoring the space. A slew of concerts have been announced for April.

Lynching site, Maury High School also considered for National Register

Five other sites were given the green light for entries or boundary expansion on the National Register of Historic Places at Wednesday’s meeting.

For more information about the following site nominations, visit the state review board’s website at

  • Jefferson County
    • Maury High School; considered for architectural significance
  • Shelby County
    • Ell Persons Lynching Site; a rural area considered for its association with national racial terror events and the 1917 killing of Ell Persons
    • Griggs Business and Practical Arts College; a historic building considered for its contribution to African-American education
  • Weakley County
    • Martin Downtown Commercial District; considered for historical significance of commercial district
  • Williamson County
    • Lewisburg Avenue Historic District; alteration of existing historic district boundaries