I agree with others that you did a great job dealing with the harsh light (smart use of the window shade!).
I also observed yesterday that a lot of the photo spots had construction of one sort or another going on. Must be very disappointing for folks traveling from far to visit.
One thing though: our very tough winters force any construction to be done during the warmer months. Also, once they're done, the place will look that much better (like many do already, following recent improvements).