Melanie Linn Gutowski is a writer and public historian based in the Greater Pittsburgh area. She is the author of Pittsburgh’s Mansions, a pictorial history of Western Pennsylvania’s stately homes, and the forthcoming Kaufmann's Department Store (Nov. 2017). 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.
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.