616 Commercial Street

White Dory Bay Condominium

For three decades, until 1980 [?], this was the White Dory inn, which was run for the last 10 years by William Ray “Bill” Ingraham (1927-2008), pictured at left, and his husband, Raymond Sparks. (They were together a half century before getting married in 2007.) A 1976 guide, written while they were the proprietors, said of the White Dory: “The comforts of a fine motel, and the warmth and friendliness of a Cape Cod guest house.” Ingraham was a carpenter and woodworker, an electrician, and a professional firefighter. He served as clerk of the works for a number of key municipal construction and renovation projects, and was the town electrical inspector from 1972 to 1996.

The previous proprietors were John Arthur Henry (±1916-2002) and William “Scottie” Scott (d 2001), who were also longtime partners. They succeeded Ahti A. Aho in 1967, who followed Everett Glasgow and his wife. The White Dory boasted of its private beach, which can still be seen across the street from the main building. As a single-family dwelling, the house had earlier belonged to Dr. Ewing Day and his wife, who opened up their “fine gardens” to the public during house tours in the mid-1930s.

As a condominium, the White Dory is composed of 16 units. To judge from ownership records, the plan was declared effective in 1983.

[Updated 2012-07-08]






4 thoughts on “616 Commercial Street

  1. John Henry and Scottie were an interesting couple of gentlemen. I believe J.H. was the bookkeeper for the Crown & Anchor, where Scottie for many years was a bartender.

  2. In the Advocate Archives Personals section Mar 15, Ap 12 & May 17, 1917 there is mention of a big summer home to be built for a Mr. R. E. Slade of Providence. A description is given May 24, 1917 that reads, “The new summer home under construction for R. E. Slade of Providence, R. I., promises to be a very sightly, commodious and convenient dwelling. Two cavernous fireplaces connected with a massive, tile-lined, chimney of brick, suggest the comfort and cheer that will attend the burning of the big pile of sawed logs and timber already piled for use outside the building. Solidity looks to be the key note in the construction of the dwelling, concrete walls of great thickness and apparent strength underlying the above surface foundation of brick. A big kitchen basement with concrete floor and walls, is at the building’s rear, and a sun parlor, will, it is said, extend athwart the whole front of the house.”

  3. Donald Baxter MacMillan stayed here & possibly wrote his book Four Years in the White North while here. Advocate, Sept 13, 1917 stated, “Explorer Donald MacMillan is to occupy the big, new Slade cottage during the coming winter..” “…And there begin soon the writing of his northern experiences…” The Oct 25, 1917 Advocate stated that he had arrived at the new Slade cottage. It must have been a welcome spot by the fire after years in the cold north.

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