The reconstruction of the Castle came to a sudden halt shortly thereafter. While the reasons for this are not exactly clear, they can, perhaps, be put down to the financial decisions made by the princes of Savoia-Carignano and the death of Emanuele Filiberto in 1709. Nevertheless, certain parts of Guarini’s magnificent design (a true triumph of Baroque architecture for a civil residence of great size) were completed, including the central area, corresponding to the castle courtyard, and the northern façade facing the park. The Savoia-Carignano princes show little renewed interest in their Castle of Racconigi until the second half of the eighteenth century, when artistic tastes begin to change and late-Baroque progressively gives way to the first neo-classicism. The south façade was not touched by Guarini and so Racconigi looked like a castle with two towers and a central donjon.