Floating music barge Point Counterpoint II finds a home

Posted on: December 8, 2020

“Louis Kahn’s floating music barge for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO), Point Counterpoint II, finally has a forever home,” writes Jonathan Hilburg in Monday’s (12/7) Architect’s Newspaper. “The barge is being towed to Philadelphia and restored as part of the conversion of the 1917 Delaware Power Station into a future arts center; it’s expected to anchor the complex’s music program when it opens in 2022…. Kahn’s Point Counterpoint II set sail in 1976. [In 2017] AWSO founder Robert Austin Boudreau, looking to retire … and unable to afford the barge’s maintenance costs, put the boat out to bid…. Plans to convert Point Counterpoint II into a floating music school for poor children along Lake Okeechobee [Florida] seemingly fell through…. That’s when … a group in Sag Harbor, New York, heard about the boat’s plight and connected with Dean Adler, CEO of Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds, who is redeveloping the Delaware Power Station. Coincidentally, the new arts complex was in need of a centerpiece performance venue. Now, the 43-year-old barge (complete with its own museum, to boot) has been towed to a shipyard in North Carolina for repairs before it will move to its permanent home on the Delaware River.”