Happy Birthday Solomon Willard!! The American carver and architect was born in 1788. His father was a carpenter and Solomon followed in his footsteps. His greatest achievement may have been the designing and overseeing of the first “obelisk” (tall, narrow tapering monument ending in a pyramid) in Massachusetts: The Bunker Hill Monument. It is 221 foot tall, constructed of granite and commemorates the infamous Battle of Bunker Hill. It was constructed from 1827-43.