Photos of the Justina Shaler House at 934 Saybrook Road, Haddam.This stunning Colonial Revival style house was built around 1910 by Charles T. Wills for his sister-in-law, Justina Shaler (Shailer) and her family. Charles T. Wills was a well-known and wealthy builder from Greenwich, CT and New York City who was responsible for constructing such notable landmarks as the New York Stock Exchange, Morgan Memorial and Library and 500 Fifth Avenue. Wills married Carrie Russell of Haddam Neck in 1879.
Her sister, Justina married Andy R. Shaler of Haddam in 1881 and they had one daughter, Carrie S. Shaler. Andy R. Shaler (Shailer), was raised by his grandparents, Matilda and Richard Hubbard after his mother died in childbirth at the age of 20. Shaler was the Haddam postmaster for many years and ran a grocery store.
When Charles Wills died in 1913 it was noted in a newspaper article that “a few years back he built a beautiful residence on Main Street in Haddam, just south of Brainerd Memorial Library, and this and its surrounding grounds form one of the show places of the town. Postmaster Shailer and family occupy it in part the year round”. Wills left a considerable amount of money to his niece Carrie Shaler and she continued to live here until her death in 1961.