Hubbell Hall was the last of the New West Halls, located across Highway 24/50, to be completed. Projected growth of the East Texas State University student body led to the construction of Smith, Sikes, Hubbell, Turner, and Berry Residence Halls. When actual growth failed to meet those projections and even began to decline sharply, the university was left significantly over-developed with many empty facilities, including portions of the New West Hall dormitories. Hubbell Hall was named after Julia Hubbell, a history professor and Dean of Women. The dormitory was demolished in 2006 and the space is now occupied by the softball field.