616 Commercial Street

616 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

616 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

William Ray Ingraham, from The Provincetown Banner.

William Ray Ingraham, from The Provincetown Banner.

A “commodious” Colonial Revival-style summer home was constructed in 1917 for R. E. Slade of Providence, according to Denise Avallon. It was so commodious that it long served as a guest house, lately called the White Dory; under Everett Glasgow, then Ahti Aho, then John Arthur Henry and William “Scottie” Scott, then William Ray Ingraham (pictured) and his husband, Raymond Sparks. (They were together a half century before getting married in 2007.) Ingraham was a carpenter and woodworker, an electrician, a firefighter, and the town clerk of the works for some key municipal projects. The White Dory, now a condo, has a private beach, across the street.


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