About

Libby Hilf Photography

Libby Hilf Photography

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a writer, researcher and historian based in the Greater Pittsburgh area. She is the author of  Pittsburgh’s Mansions, a pictorial history of Western Pennsylvania’s stately homes (Arcadia Publishing). Her history writing has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly and the Victorian Society in America’s Nineteenth Century. In 2013 and 2015, Melanie was named a 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.