The history of one of the greatest democracies in the world is quite amazing. Its present clings powerfully with its past and promises a spectacular future to its people of all sections. The elite society and the humble hut dwellers are a part of the great legacy the forefathers had left and gone. If Indus Valley Civilization, Harappa, Mohanjedaro and Thakshasila are the glorious past, the ISBs, IITs, Genome Valleys, Silicon Valleys and Cyber Cities of the present times become the roadmaps for dazzling future of India. People of eminence became founders of the amazing structure. Eight decades ago, a visionary became the founder of quality educational learning centre to the people of twin cities which under no circumstance showed any signs of alienation but flourished as one of the best crowning educational institutions in the Old City. His was the strongest conviction that education was none other than a great virtue that adorned the society with sobriety and blessedness of knowledge and understanding.
City College owes its origin to the largesse of the VII Nizam of the erstwhile Hyderabad state, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, who was known as the ‘modern architect of Hyderabad’. The college building was designed by Vincent Esch, one of the prominent architects of the period, commissioned by the nizam in between 1915-20 with a total outlay of Rs.8,36,919/-. The imposing structure is famous for its architectural synthesis – the harmonious blending of the pillar and lintels style of Ajanta and Ellora caves with the elegant indo-Saracen arches of superstructure and façade to represent the composite culture of Hyderabad. It is three-storied structure with a large central archway and parapets with many onion domes supported by brackets as well as corbels and lintels in the Hindu style of architecture. The building has four imposing arched entrances and has been built around six courts. These small courtyard spaces provide both natural light and ventilation to the classrooms.