Architecture: Stirring Men to Leap Moats

"Museums must create a mood of excitement and anticipation, of mystery," says China-born U.S. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei. "Fatigue is not just in the feet, it's in the mood." Seldom has an architect done more to enhance the sense of expectation for the visitor than did Pei in his Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., which opens to the public this week. It is only the most recent in a series of exciting new buildings that add up to a museum explosion in 1968 (see color pages).

Pei's new structure (cost: $3,500,000) is indeed...