Puerto Rico to open historic building for weddings

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Couples planning to get married in Puerto Rico will soon be able to tie the knot in one of the island's most historic buildings.

The government says it will re-inaugurate a building known as the Vintage Casino in Old San Juan to attract more destination weddings.

The two-story building with baroque and neoclassical elements first opened in 1917 as a social club for Puerto Rico's upper crust. It then was a social club for the United Service Organization and later housed the island's first music school.

Puerto Rican Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock said Wednesday that the building will be managed by SMG. The local company alread manages the San Juan Convention Center and a nearby coliseum.