C. A. Stieren emigrated from Germany in 1860, first settling in New Braunfels where he met and married Hedwig Remer. Soon, the couple moved to Gonzales where they opened a mercantile store. By the time they moved to San Antonio in 1890, the family had grown to include seven children.
In San Antonio, Stieren joined Axel and Paul Meerscheidt in the real estate business. He built the house at 503 E. Guenther in 1891 where his family lived until 1902. The house has had several owners through the years, but one that many neighbors will still remember are Craig and Lola Austin who owned the house from 1988 to 2004. They were famous for hosting great parties and participating in neighborhood activities.