Originally Posted by USSGahagan
I hadn't given any thought to precast concrete. That would be very effective at replicating the limestone work of old European buildings at a fraction of the cost (hopefully). This concept seems to be falling in line with historic preservation and with your lead on specialty subs I've found some good specialty construction companies!
Unless you can hire some European craftsman to custom carve the facade pieces, which could take years, you don't really have much choice.
Do you just have a passive interest on this topic, or are you seriously thinking of developing a piece of faux-historic architecture? In any case, you would need an architect to go anywhere beyond mere speculation.
However, technology and building codes have changed so much from the 1800s that what you are asking is essentially impossible - you can build a modern box with a faux-historic looking facade, but that's about as close as you'll ever get.
Just as it is somewhat ridiculous to modify a honda civic into a 1000 horsepower racecar, it would probably be much better to actually buy a period building and renovate it. You just can't replicate history, the craftsmanship, nor the building methods of the past.