Melanie Linn Gutowski is a writer and public historian based in the Greater Pittsburgh area. She is the author of the pictorial histories Pittsburgh’s Mansions (2013) and Kaufmann's Department Store (2017), both from Arcadia Publishing. Her history writing has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly and the Victorian Society in America’s Nineteenth Century journal. Melanie is a three-time finalist for the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Golden Quill Awards and currently serves on the borough of Sharpsburg's Historical Commission.
A self-professed “Gilded Age geek,” Melanie specializes in American and European history and culture from 1865-1920 with an emphasis on robber barons, historic homes and decorative arts. Other areas of interest include trends in historic preservation; Francophone travel, culture and arts; and Louis XIV-XV-XVI France.
Melanie holds a Master’s degree in professional writing from Chatham University and a Bachelor of Arts in French and history of art & architecture from the University of Pittsburgh.