OBERLIN — Walking through the front doors of the LandMark Inn feels a bit like stepping back in time. Historically accurate furniture and decor can be found in every nook and cranny, from the two-room restaurant downstairs to the seven hotel rooms.

When Gary Anderson bought the historic downtown building — which dates back to 1886 — in 1990, he spared no detail in restoring it to its full Victorian glory. The restoration process alone took six years to complete.

“I just thought it was a building that needed to be restored,” Anderson said.

“We tried to stay true to the era of when it was built.”

For the last 21 years, the sprawling property at 189 S. Penn has been home to the Teller Room restaurant, which also serves coffee drinks, a bed and breakfast, and Oberlin Mercantile Co. The gift shop carries a variety of Victorian collectibles and local food products.

While the hotel business fluctuates with seasonal demand, the restaurant remains steady. Several community organizations and clubs meet there for regular meetings, and a monthly Sunday lunch buffet is always in high demand, said Anderson, who also lives on the property so he is available to assist overnight guests.

Anderson and a part-time staff member do most of the cooking, and he said the restaurant strives to use natural and locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.

“We try to do a little bit healthier. We don’t do any kind of frying. So much of our entrees, we’ll serve with fresh fruit or vegetables,” he said. “We try to do natural ingredients and as much local produce as we can possibly use.”

The Teller Room serves a limited menu, but specials change daily. Dinner, for example, usually includes a choice between a beef dish, seafood or a chicken/pork entree. Lunch is served Monday to Saturday, with a dinner menu Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

The dining area features historically accurate wallpaper and a Victorian color scheme of pale green and deep red, with cherry woodwork and reproductions of original gas lights.

In the late 19th century, the building was a new bank, and Oberlin was a bustling frontier town and home to the U.S. Land Office. Historical relics from that time period also are on display near the dining room. The building then was used as the county courthouse for many years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Each of the hotel’s seven guest rooms are appointed in a variety of Victorian-era decor, including velvet settees, heavy draperies and intricately carved, antique wooden furniture. Themes include “Cottage Victorian” and “Carriage House Loft,” and some rooms are large enough for two beds.

The hotel also has earned loyal customers, who often return annually while visiting family or passing through the region.

“We’ve been doing it long enough that now we get graduation announcements from people who their kids have stayed here and wedding invitations,” Anderson said. “They’re like family.”

Breakfast is included for overnight visitors, and the basement even offers a sauna and a “gym,” which earned the historic hotel a surprising claim to fame nearly 10 years ago.

Anderson received a surprising phone call from a Hollywood set designer who was searching for Victorian-era exercise equipment for the set of “Cinderella Man.” The set designer had found the LandMark Inn on the Internet.

“I had this strange call one day asking me if my equipment was for sale, and I said well, no,” he said with a laugh. “She said, ‘Would you consider renting it?’ I thought that was a strange question.”

The 2005 movie featured Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. It was directed by Ron Howard, and in a surprising turn of events, an Oberlin native — engaged at the time to Anderson’s cousin — helped make shipping arrangements. It turned out she had worked as Howard’s nanny years ago when she lived in California, but had kept it quiet due to confidentiality, Anderson said.

“It’s a small world sometimes,” he said.

Anderson decided to loan the equipment for filming, and it was shipped back to him when production was finished. Framed memorabilia from the film now hangs on the wall downstairs.

While some guests have attempted to use the equipment, most are pleased simply to look and learn of the Hollywood connection, Anderson said.

“There isn’t a lot of it around,” he said. “I’ve had a few other people that have come just for the vintage exercise equipment. A couple of those pieces I have are pretty rare.”