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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 20, 2014 – The La Roche College Literary Society will host its third Pittsburgh-themed presentation of the year on Friday, March 14.

Guest speaker Melanie Linn Gutowski, author of the book “Pittsburgh’s Mansions,” will discuss the iconic estates and historic homes of Pittsburgh’s prominent residents between the 1830s and 1920s. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center at La Roche’s main campus in the North Hills.

A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Ms. Gutowski is a writer and historian whose work has appeared in national publications and throughout western Pennsylvania. In 2011, she earned a master’s degree in professional writing from Chatham University and a bachelor’s in the history of art and architecture from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

Sister Rita Yeasted, Ph.D., English department chair at La Roche, said, “When we decided to make this a year honoring Pittsburgh, I saw articles about Ms. Gutowski’s work on Pittsburgh’s mansions. I bought her book and thought she would be a wonderful addition to the season’s presentations.”

Initiated in the early 1980s, La Roche College’s Literary Society provides a forum for scholarship and discussion on literature and other issues. For more information about the event, contact Sister Rita Yeasted at 412-536-1216 or


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.



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