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For decades, its twin smokestacks and blank beige walls have loomed above South Boston, but the glorious guts of the L Street Power Station have been hidden from view.

Now you can get a peek inside.

Redgate and Hilco Global, which paid $24.25 million last year for the shuttered plant, had an open house on Saturday, with another scheduled for Jan. 28, to gather community input on a redevelopment that is expected to include housing, retail, and open space.

First built in 1892, the plant’s main hall features vast, ornate windows, walls of tile, and period architectural flourishes. Much of this, the developers say, will be incorporated into the new creation: a modern mixed-use building with industrial bones.

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The old Boston Edison name is etched in stone on the exterior of the L Street Power Station.
The old Boston Edison name is etched in stone on the exterior of the L Street Power Station.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
A puddle reflects the giant arched window inside the empty interior of the L Street Power Station in South Boston.
A puddle reflects the giant arched window inside the empty interior of the L Street Power Station in South Boston.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Green tile lines the lower section of the power station’s walls.
Green tile lines the lower section of the power station’s walls.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
The arched window is one of the dominant original features from the 1892 L Street Power Station in South Boston.
The arched window is one of the dominant original features from the 1892 L Street Power Station in South Boston.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Paint peeled on the word “Boston” etched along the side of a scissor lift inside the power station.
Paint peeled on the word “Boston” etched along the side of a scissor lift inside the power station.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Exposed pipes cut a figurative shape inside of the L Street Power Station.
Exposed pipes cut a figurative shape inside of the L Street Power Station.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
An old valve inside the L Street Power Station.
An old valve inside the L Street Power Station.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
A light switch with a patina of fading paint is set against a rusting door inside the L Street Power Station.
A light switch with a patina of fading paint is set against a rusting door inside the L Street Power Station.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Green tile provides a period look to the inside of the L Street Power Station.
Green tile provides a period look to the inside of the L Street Power Station. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
A square of red paint is peeling from the green subway tiles inside the L Street Power Station.
A square of red paint is peeling from the green subway tiles inside the L Street Power Station.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Tiled archways overlook dormant industrial equipment inside the L Street Power Station in South Boston.
Tiled archways overlook dormant industrial equipment inside the L Street Power Station in South Boston. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Tall tiled walls lead to the soaring ceiling of the L Street Power Station.
Tall tiled walls lead to the soaring ceiling of the L Street Power Station. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Hard hats at the ready inside the L Street Power Station in South Boston.
Hard hats at the ready inside the L Street Power Station in South Boston.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A light fixture from another century inside the L Street Power Station in South Boston.
A light fixture from another century inside the L Street Power Station in South Boston.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @bytimlogan.